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Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail - Papilio appalachiensis - male

Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail - Papilio appalachiensis - Male
Haywood County, North Carolina, USA
May 13, 2005
Appalachian Tiger (center) at puddle party with Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (front). Notice the incredible size difference and the pale blue submarginal band, much broader than that of an Eastern.

There are not just Appalachian Tiger Swallowtails in that group there are also duskywings of some sort, as well as another species of dark swallowtails. The darkest are probably pipevine swallowtails. Also, if you look in the front of the group there is a swallowtail that looks like a tiger swallowtail but is much smaller then the butterfly behind it. What do you think that is?

just an observation
Even though the middle and front individuals do indeed look quite different, I have to say that they really BOTH look like P. appalachiensis to me. Neither one looks like P. glaucus. Small individuals are not unusual in any of the Papilio species.

Interesting & Impressive
I thought the Giant Swallowtail was the largest, but your Appalachian Tiger seems even bigger. Quite a party!

Also some Pipevine Swallowtails and Juvenal's/Horace's Duskywings.

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