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Swallowtails

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Monarda

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus glaucus), a Comprehensive Guide in 9 Sections

The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly is found throughout Pennsylvania and from the midwest and eastern North America. It is one of the most seen butterflies in gardens and was one the first documented butterflies in North America. In 1587, John White, drew this butterfly. Later, in 1758, like he did with plants, Carl Von Linnaeus described this butterfly in Systema Naturae. It is the state butterfly in five states (Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina) and state insect in Virginia.

Specimen of Pawpaw (Asimina triloba)

Fascinating Pawpaw (Asimina triloba)

Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is an understory tree that has the largest fruit of the native plants in North America. Pawpaw has purple-brown flowers that bloom in the spring with a green fruit in the late summer to fall. It is the host plant for the Zebra Swallowtail.

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