Zebra Swallowtail

Zebra Swallowtail on Jacob’s Ladder

A tourist more often than a native Minnesotan, the Zebra Swallowtail is uncommon in the state at best, with their dependence on the warm-climate pawpaw trees as their sole larval host. However, they do venture into the southern part of the state, and there is no mistaking the bold black and white stripes, together with the extra-long, sword-like tails on their hindwings. Most often they can be found much further south, though, such as in Tennessee, where it has been designated the state butterfly.