Large, bright, showy, stripe-y Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterflies have appeared!
In the Mid-Atlantic, Tiger Swallowtails survive over the winter in chrysalis form and emerge as adult butterflies in spring. That generation produces the larger summer flight that we are seeing now.
Unlike Monarchs and other caterpillars that can feed on only one or a limited number of host plants, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail caterpillars can feed on a variety of common native trees, including tulip poplar, wild cherry, willow, cottonwood, birch and sweet bay magnolia.
Attract this and other butterflies to your garden by providing good nectar sources like bee balm, purple coneflower, Joe Pye-weed and zinnia.