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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

posted Jul 14, 2010 17:24:00 by Carole
I don't know why some years I see very few Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, but this year they are quite abundant in and around my garden. I just love to sit and watch them!
[Last edited Jul 20, 2010 04:18:27]
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sandylipten said Jul 16, 2010 04:27:06
Carole, I just saw two amazing yellow with black butterflies in my jungle of a back yard today -- are these big butterflies? Could they be in my backyard in Florida? I immediately thought of you when I saw them and thought, hey, there must be something good back there in my yard if these gorgeous critters stopped by! :)
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Carole said Jul 16, 2010 04:35:29
Sandy, my friend, it is SO nice to see you here!

Eastern Tiger Swallowtails are pretty big. Their wingspan can be almost 7 inches. Their range is all of the eastern states out to eastern Texas up to Minnesota, excluding Maine, but absolutely including Florida.

They lay their eggs mostly on trees, including wild cherry, sweetbay, birch, and willow. The adults nectar at flowers, including the flowers of the above trees.

So yes, something in your backyard must be very attractive to them. You are very lucky!
Community hostess, wildlife gardener, avid birder, loves butterflies and all other critters. Find me on Twitter @CB4wildlife
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Carole said Aug 16, 2010 18:32:55
I asked around to find out just why we're seeing so many Eastern Tiger Swallowtails this year and the answer was very interesting
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