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

Agathina Emperor Butterfly Iguazu Falls Argentine side MG_9891

Males of this medium sized butterfly reflect a brilliant purple iridescence from the upper side wings. This butterfly breeds in rainforest habitats at altitudes from sea level to about 1600m.

Agathina Emperor Butterfly, Iguazy Falls, Agentinian side MG_9891-1

Males are often seen on sunny forest tracks or along the beds of dry streams, imbibing mineral rich moisture from rocks.

Agathina Emperor Butterfly, Iguazy Falls, Agentinian side MG_9891-2

Agathina Emperor Butterfly, Iguazy Falls, Agentinian side MG_9891-3

Dryas iulia (alcione)at Iguazu Falls Brazil side MG_9504

Dryas iulia (often incorrectly spelled julia) commonly called the Julia butterfly, Julia heliconian, the flame, or flambeau, is a species of brush-footed butterflies. The sole representative of its genus Dryas, it is native from Brazil to southern Texas and Florida. Over 15 subspecies have been described.

Dryas iulia alcionea Butterfly at Iguazu Falls Brazilian side, MG_9504-1

 

 

Dryas iulia alcionea Butterfly at Iguazu Falls Brazilian side, MG_9504-3

 

Adelpha Butterfly at Iguazu Falls Brazilian side, MG_9513