Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - Papilio glaucus
Fun fact: The first known drawing of a North American butterfly was of an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. In 1587, John White drew the picture while on an expedition and named it "mamankanois", which is a Native American word meaning butterfly.
Habitat: Rural garden
The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is a species of swallowtail butterfly native to North America. It is one of the most familiar butterflies in the eastern United States, where it is common in many different habitats. It flies from spring to fall, during which it produces two to three broods. Adults feed on the nectar of many species of flowers, mostly from those of the Apocynaceae, Asteraceae, and Fabaceae families. ''P. glaucus'' has a wingspan measuring 7.9 to 14 centimeters . The male is yellow.. more