Z is for Zebra Swallowtail

Zebra Swallowtail butterfly

Isn’t he–or she?–a beauty?

Funny that right after we say we’ve shown too many plants, we focus on insects…and feature many of them! But we’ll end with a plant, too, because this butterfly’s caterpillar feeds on only one plant, the leaves of the Common Paw Paw, Asimina triloba.

It’s pretty little understory tree that lives along streams and rivers in the east–which means this is where you will find the Zebra Swallowtail living! The purple flowers are in bloom now on mature trees.

Common Paw Paw flower

Common Paw Paw tree in bloom

And thus we come to the end of another April with the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. We had a great time and hope you did, too!


3 thoughts on “Z is for Zebra Swallowtail

  1. I adore these flyers! And I do believe I’ve seen a few recently. Be well! And congratulations on finishing the challenge. You rock.

    • Not sure where ‘here’ is for you, Lissa, but the range maps won’t help much either. They show the Zebratail solidly over the south eastern U.S, but the edges vary from map to map. Of course if you are not in the U.S., no, you don’t have it!
      Thanks for leaping by!

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