Backyard Butterflies

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An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail visited my Honeysuckle vine in the corner of my backyard, a few weeks ago.

I bet most of you are thinking: What the heck is an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail?

Well, it’s one of the most common butterflies of Canada. It belongs to the Swallowtail family, (which includes the Sea-Green Swallowtail, Old World Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail, and many more). It’s Latin name is Papilio Glaucus, and it was one of the first butterflies to be described by the Europeans; by John White, an early colonist of Virginia.

The butterfly is widespread in the eastern US, and reaches in southern and eastern Ontario in Canada. It is also commonly confused with the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail, though the Eastern can be separated by a row of yellow spots on the underside of its wings, as well as a strip of black on the inner margin of the hindwing.

Anyways, hoped you learned something. (I sure did!)

Toodles!~

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1 Comment

  1. A fun, enjoyable & refreshing piece to read! and yes, I did learn, and when I see “Swallowtail” the next time, I will surely appreciate more about this pretty creature!


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