Tiger Swallowtail by Michael Cummings

“The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) is a species of swallowtail butterfly native to North America. It is one of the most familiar butterflies in the eastern United States.

The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail was once considered to be a single species, but is now divided into three species; the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio canadensis), the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, and the Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio appalachiensis). These three species are very similar to one another, and can be hard to tell apart. The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail has a wingspan of 7.9 to 14 centimeters (3 to 5.5 inches). The adult male is yellow, with black “tiger stripes”. There are two morphs of adult females, a yellow one and a dark one. The yellow one is similar to the male, except there is a patch of blue on the hind wing. In the dark morph, the yellow areas are replaced by dark gray or black" Wikipedia

May in Wings in the Wind Calendar


  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 4 years ago

    Fantastic color and detail Michael…..great lookg Butterfly !!

  • Thank you Sean

    – Michael Cummings

  • vigor
    vigorover 4 years ago

    Lovely capture!

  • Thank you Vi

    – Michael Cummings

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • Thank you Rick

    – Michael Cummings

  • andrewdjohnson
    andrewdjohnsonover 4 years ago

    Lovely swallowtail, Michael. I have some western tigers in my files somewhere.

  • Akkra
    Akkraover 4 years ago

    Lovely gentle looking shot Michael.

  • Kathy Yates
    Kathy Yatesover 4 years ago

    Beautiful find, Michael! Lovely colors!

  • EelhsaM
    EelhsaMalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful :) Great job.

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