6 Fascinating Swallowtail Butterfly Facts
There’s much more to swallowtails than their colorful elongated wings. Check out these interesting swallowtail butterfly facts.
You might already love watching swallowtails in the garden, but there’s much more to learn about these stunning pollinators. Enjoy these fascinating swallowtail butterfly facts.
1. Female Swallowtail Butterflies Produce Many Eggs
2. The Most Popular Swallowtail is Common in Backyards
The eastern tiger is one of the most common and well-known swallowtails in the U.S. Here’s a fun fact—this yellow butterfly has even made an appearance on two official postage stamps.
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3. One Swallowtail is the Largest Butterfly in North America
Here’s one of the biggest and best swallowtail butterfly facts! With a wingspan of up to 6 1/4 inches, the giant swallowtail is the largest North American butterfly.
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4. Zebra Swallowtails Have a Unique Look
You know that birds and squirrels have long tails, but some butterflies do too! Zebra swallowtails have longer tails on their hindwings than any other species—up to 1 inch long.
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5. Dozens of Swallowtail Species Live in North America
More than 550 species of swallowtails are found around the world. At least 30 of them can be spotted in North America. Use this butterfly ID cheat sheet to help identify the butterflies in your backyard.
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6. Visit Florida to See Rare Swallowtails
While most swallowtails are more common, the Florida Keys are the only place to see 350 federally endangered Schaus swallowtails. Travel to south Texas to see hundreds of rare butterflies.
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