Wordless Wednesday – The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

By Lexi on August 6, 2014 in Blog


The Eastern tiger swallowtail features characteristics that make it distinctive from other butterflies. Male Eastern tiger swallowtails are yellow or yellow-orange in color with black spots or “tiger stripes” displayed on the wings. Females can range from the similar yellow color of the male to a solid bluish-black color. You can find Eastern tiger swallowtails residing in wooded areas along streams, swamps and rivers. This one in particular was photographed in Jones County on a sandbar along the North Fork of the Maquoketa River.

Reference: The Butterflies of Iowa, by Dennis W. Schlicht