Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly- Saluda, North Carolina-93E0795

One of our largest, most beautiful, and fairly common butterflies, the Tiger Swallowtail in its light form is unmistakable. But the females in this area can be light or dark. The dark form females are thought to gain protection from predators by mimicking the Pipe Vine Swallowtail.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly- Saluda, North Carolina-93E0789-7

As a caterpillar they feed on specific plants including Tulip tree ,Black Cherry and Sweet bay. Nectar plants for the adult butterfly are very widespread, but the species prefers tall herbs such as Joe-pye-weed as show in the photos.

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly- Saluda, North Carolina-93E0789

The eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly become the newest North Carolina state symbol due to the efforts of the local Cape Fear Garden Club. The North Carolina General Assembly designated the Eastern tiger swallowtail as the official State butterfly of the State of North Carolina.

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Heliconus Melpomene Longwing Butterfly Iguazu Falls, Argentine side MG_ 9608

Heliconius melpomene, the postman butterfly, common postman or simply postman, is one of the heliconiine butterflies found from Mexico to northern South America. Several species in the genus have very similar markings and are difficult to distinguish and known under different names such as Rosina

Melpomene Longwing @ Iguazu Falls Argentinian side MG_9608