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Photo of an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Papilio glaucus
The beautiful eastern tiger swallowtail ranges across Missouri and is equally at home in forests or in city landscapes.

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Photo of an eastern tiger swallowtail, dark form female, on a thistle.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Dark Form Female)

Some female eastern tiger swallowtails are yellow with black stripes, like the males. Others are black with darker black stripes. You can see the shadows of the stripes in this dorsal view. These stripes help to distinguish this dark form of the eastern tiger swallowtail from the similar-looking spicebush swallowtail.

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Photo of an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Black-Form Female

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Black-Form Female

Some females are yellow with black stripes, similar to males; others, like this individual, are black with darker black stripes.

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Giant Swallowtail

Adults are avid flower visitors and are sometimes found at mud puddles.

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Photo of a Giant Swallowtail, Wings Spread

Giant Swallowtail

Papilio cresphontes
This swallowtail is the largest butterfly in our state. In Florida, the larvae are a pest in citrus orchards, but here in Missouri, they feed primarily on prickly ash and hop tree, plants provided by nature.

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Photo of a Giant Swallowtail, Wings Folded

Giant Swallowtail, Wings Folded

The undersides of the wings are primarily yellow, with black, blue and red markings.

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Photo of a Giant Swallowtail, Wings Spread

Giant Swallowtail, Wings Spread

The giant swallowtail is the largest butterfly in Missouri. The overall color of the wings (top side) and body is dark blackish-brown, with bands composed of several yellow spots.

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Photo of a Pipevine Swallowtail, Wings Folded

Pipevine Swallowtail (Blue Swallowtail)

Battus philenor
The pipevine swallowtail is ignored by most predators because of its acrid body juices. Several other butterflies look strikingly similar!

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Photo of a Spicebush Swallowtail, Male, Wings Spread

Spicebush Swallowtail

Pterourus troilus
The caterpillars are smooth and pretty green, with weird eyespots on a hump well behind the actual head. The winged adults are striking, too: black with beautiful iridescent blue and green on the hindwings.

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