Dunn Woods Memories

Dunn Woods, Natural Heart of IU

Eastern tiger swallowtail, Papilio glaucus


This tiger swallowtail was sunning on the path to the north of Dunn Woods. It is a male and perhaps was looking to the woods for a mate, they lay eggs on tulip poplar, ash and magnolia trees, all of which are found in Dunn Woods. It occurs throughout the eastern U.S. south of Vermont, and it is the state butterfly of Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The butterfly is named for the 4 tiger stripes on each wing, and the females can display spots of red and blue at the trailing edge of their wings.

Eastern tiger swallowtail

Eastern tiger swallowtail, Papilio glaucus

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