Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly

Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly

Taxobox
name = Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly



status = NE
status_system = IUCN3.1
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Arthropoda
classis = Insecta
ordo = Lepidoptera
subordo = Ditrysia
superfamilia = Papilionoidea
familia = Papilionidae
genus = "Eurytides"
species = "E. marcellus"
binomial = "Eurytides marcellus"
binomial_authority = Cramer, 1777
The Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly ("Eurytides marcellus", other authorities list the species under genera in the family including "Iphiclides", "Graphium" and "Papilio") is a swallowtail butterfly found in the eastern United States, north-east Mexico and south-east Canada. Its distinctive black and white-striped pattern is reminiscent of a zebra. "Asimina triloba" (the common pawpaw tree) is the only larval host of the Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly.

The Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly is also the official state butterfly of Tennessee.

Description

The Zebra Swallowtail has triangular wings with long tails. It has some distinctive black and white markings on its wings and some small red and blue markings on both bottom corners of the wings.

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External links

* [http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species?l=1353 Butterflies & Moths of North America]
* [http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/bfly/zebra_swallowtail.htm zebra swallowtail] on the UF / IFAS Featured Creatures Web site


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