Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

In the Carolinas, this is one of the most recognized and commonly seen species. Interestingly, the "ground color" in E. Tiger Swallowtail is dark, hence the yellow markings are actually the "stripes" on a dark background, rather than dark stripes on yellow! In central NC, about 50% of the females are "dark" type and about 50% are "yellow" type. Dark types are always females and males are always yellow. And females have more blue in the hindwing than the males. Got all that?
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), Male
Macon Co., NC
12 May 2006

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), Female
Durham Co., NC
10 Aug 2008

Females show relatively more irridescent blue on the upper hindwing than males.


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), Female
Durham Co., NC
1 July 2010
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), Female (same individual)
Durham Co., NC
1 July 2010

Note the faint tiger striping still visible.


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), Female
Durham Co., NC
8 Sep 2010

This individual shows much stronger yellow forewing subcostal marks than is typical of the species.


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Durham Co., NC
20 Aug 2005

"Puddle Party" of males


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), Female
nectaring on Carphephorus odoratissimus
Craven Co., NC
27 Aug 2006
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), Female
nectaring on Carphephorus odoratissimus
Craven Co., NC
27 Aug 2006

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Graham Co., NC
1 May 2004
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Haywood Co., NC
13 May 2005

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), Male
Orange Co., NC
20 Apr 2006
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Orange Co., NC
15 Jun 2006

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), Dark female
Nectaring on Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum tenuifolium)
Blackwood Division of Duke Forest
Orange Co., NC
25 July 2003
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), Yellow female
Nectaring on Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum tenuifolium)
Blackwood Division of Duke Forest
Orange Co., NC
25 July 2003

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), Male
Orange Co., NC
16 July 2003
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), Male
Tyrell Co., NC
21 June 2003

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), Female
Nectaring on Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Orange Co., NC
7 June 2006
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), Female
Nectaring on Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Orange Co., NC
7 June 2006

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), Female
Nectaring on Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Orange Co., NC
7 June 2007
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), Female
Nectaring on Abelia
Durham Co., NC
10 Aug 2008

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), Male
Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Swain Co., NC
4 July 2001

Nectaring on Fly-poison (Amianthium muscaetoxicum)


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), Female

Watauga Co., NC
27 June 2004

Nectaring on Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

This interesting dark tiger swallowtail was very large, and the idea of it being an Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail was entertained, however, it is most likely an Eastern Tiger.

Macon Co., NC
12 May 2006

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Johnston Mill Preserve, Orange Co., NC
12 Sep 2007
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Johnston Mill Preserve, Orange Co., NC
12 Sep 2007

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), Female
Durham Co., NC
20 Aug 2005
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Haywood Co., NC
15 Apr 2006

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Kankakee Sands, Newton Co., IN
30 July 2015

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Kankakee Sands, Newton Co., IN
30 July 2015

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Muscatatuck NWR, Jackson Co., IN
27 July 2015

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Falls Lake, Wake Co., NC
27 May 2007
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Muscatatuck NWR, Jackson Co., IN
27 July 2015

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Duke Gardens, Durham Co., NC
16 Aug 2015

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Weymouth Woods, Moore Co., NC
31 Mar 2016

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Nectaring on Clethra
Aberdeen Lake Park, Moore Co., NC
4 Aug 2016
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Nectaring on Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium fistulosum)
Caldwell Co., NC
23 Aug 2016

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Nectaring on New York Iron Weed (Vernonia noveboracensis)
Watauga Co., NC
23 Aug 2016

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Nectaring on Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium fistulosum)
Caldwell Co., NC
23 Aug 2016
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Nectaring on Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium fistulosum)
Caldwell Co., NC
23 Aug 2016

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Caldwell Co., NC
23 Aug 2016

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), Female
Orange Co., NC
16 July 2008
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), Female
Orange Co., NC
16 July 2008

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

This Eastern Tiger Swallowtail's underhindwing is covered with pollen from the Turk's Cap Lily!

Avery Co., NC
26 July 2006

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Durham Division, Duke Forest, Durham Co., NC
4 May 2013


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

Tiger Swallowtails are fond of Eastern Redbud nectar in the springtime!

Orange Co., NC 4/5/2006

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Nectaring on Eleagnus
Haywood Co., NC
15 Apr 2006

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

Puddle party of Eastern Tigers, Spicebush, and Pipevine Swallowtails on horse poop

Haywood Co., NC
15 Apr 2006

Appalachian and Eastern Tiger Swallowtails

In the spring in the NC mountains, Eastern Tiger Swallowtails (right) are smaller than the very large Applachian Tiger Swallowtails (left).

Clay Co., NC
13 May 2006
Swallowtail puddle party
Graham Co., NC
28 Apr 2006

Swallowtail puddle party
Graham Co., NC
28 Apr 2006

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Orange Co., NC
5 June 2011

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Orange Co., NC
5 June 2011


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Orange Co., NC
5 June 2011

Nectaring on Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa) with a Great Spangled Fritillary.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Orange Co., NC
5 June 2011


Early instar caterpillar, probably E. Tiger Swallowtail
Carteret Co., NC
26 Aug 2007

This caterpillar is on Magnolia sp. in a pine savannah.

Early instar caterpillar, probably E. Tiger Swallowtail
Carteret Co., NC
26 Aug 2007

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) caterpillar
Eno Division, Duke Forest, Orange Co., NC
11 Oct 2013

Mature caterpillar on host plant Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera).

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) caterpillar
Island Creek, Croatan NF, Jones Co., NC
12 Aug 2016

Mature caterpillar on host plant Umbrella Magnolia (Magnolia tripetala).



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