Tiger Swallowtail on Orange Hawkweed

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Tiger Swallowtail on Orange Hawkweed

The state butterfly/insect of Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia, the Tiger Swallowtail comes in a close second to the Monarch in popularity. They can be found most of the way across the country, with several nearly identical species.

Occasionally the females exhibit dimorphic coloration—instead of buttery yellow, their wings are dusky black, though the black tiger stripes can still be seen when the light is right. As such, they mimic the undesirable if not outright poisonous Pipevine Swallowtail, whose larval food is highly toxic.

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