Edge of the Prairiethe sand prairies and savannas of the Chicago region

    Pterourus glaucus glaucus
    Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies

The showy yellow and black male Tiger Swallowtails often act rather aggressive in attempts to defend a territory of prime feeding habitat like the Hairy Puccoon pictured here. They are easily approached and photographed at these times; similarly when feeding on Liatris aspera in late summer it's easy to enjoy these striking insects at close range.

Tiger Swallowtail on Liatris Aspera

The females are mostly black and considerably more difficult to approach. They are usually seen flying along tree lines.

Photographs by Marty Lucas, the lower of the two with a Nikon CoolPix 950.


Pterourus glaucus glaucus, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly: Greenville County, SC USA.

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly, Papilio glaucas: on EnchantedLearning.com.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly: Pinnacle Mountain Trail, Table Rock State Park, South Carolina, USA (August 10, 1991).



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