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Press Release 11-187

A Tale of (More Than) Two Butterflies

Appalachian tiger swallowtail butterfly is hybrid of other swallowtails

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Photo of the yellow form of the female eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly at Spruce Knob, W.Va.

A yellow form of the female eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly, here at Spruce Knob, W.Va.

Credit: K. Kunte, Harvard University


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Close-up image of the wing scales of a male eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly.

Close-up image of the wing scales of a male eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly.

Credit: K. Kunte, Harvard University


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Photo of the Canadian tiger swallowtail butterfly.

The Canadian tiger swallowtail butterfly is found in Canada and bordering areas of the United States.

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Photo of male Appalachian tiger swallowtail feeding in Rhododendron flowers at Spruce Knob, W.Va.

Male Appalachian tiger swallowtail feeding in Rhododendron flowers atop Spruce Knob, W.Va.

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Photo of a pipevine swallowtail butterfly in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.

Pipevine swallowtail butterfly in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.

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Photo of the black female form of the Appalachian tiger swallowtail.

The black female form of the Appalachian tiger swallowtail has the wing pattern of the pipevine swallowtail to evade predators.

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