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Zebra Swallowtail Eurytides marcellus


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Zebra Swallowtail
credit: Megan McCarty/CCSA

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Family: Papilionidae, Swallowtails view all from this family

Description The Zebra Swallowtail (Protographium marcellus, formerly listed under genera Eurytides, Iphiclides, Graphium and Papilio by some authorities) is a swallowtail butterfly native to the eastern United States and southeast Canada. Its distinctive wing shape and long tails make it easy to identify, and its black and white-striped pattern is reminiscent of a zebra. The butterflies are closely associated with pawpaws, and are rarely found far from these trees. The green or black caterpillars feed on the leaves of various pawpaw species, while the adults feed on flower nectar and minerals from damp soil.

Dimensions 2 3/8-3 1/2" (60-89 mm).

Habitat Forests & woodlands, Meadows & fields, Scrub, shrub & brushlands, Freshwater swamps, marshes & bogs.

Range Texas, Southeast, New England, Florida, Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Eastern Canada, Plains.