Zebra Swallowtail Eurytides marcellus

Difficult to mistake for anything else. Nectaring here at some dung. These are fast flying butterflies. Mostly woodland and creek loving with the foodplant being the Pawpaw, Asimina triloba. Not often seen in gardens and yards away from wooded areas. Tails are longer in the summer brood as in this individual. Always a striking animal to come upon. A puddle full of these can make you catch your breath. Flight is delicate and fluttery though direct. It is an entirely different animal from the other dark swallowtails in our area. Related to the big Kite Swallowtail group of South America.

Another long-tailed specimen from Searcy county near Richland Creek. In the coneflower stands along the creek there.

And a 2011 long tailed version from Pope county. Pattern very reproducible year to year.

The fine long tailed form exterior. From John.

And prenuptial fluttering so to speak. One of our nicest butterflies.

And the bright green chrysalis of the Zebra.