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Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

65740 views Earl Hartlen August 27, 2021 Norfolk County, ON Date shot: August 25, 2021

The World is full of butterflies. Often mistaken for the eastern tiger butterfly, the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail is a species of light coloured butterflies that are common in Canada, as their name suggests. Adults are best seen flying during spring and summer. When the wings are open, the upper side of both the male and the female’s forewings display relatively broad stripes in black on a yellowish white to cream base color. When the wings are closed, the the ventral surface shows marginal yellow spots that have merged to form a continuous band. There are also numerous orange scales on the hindwings. They are found in North America, ranging from central Alaska southeast across Canada, as well as, the American northern Great Lakes states to the northern regions of New England. Most of their adult 2 week lifespan is spent looking for food, nectar, from the Prunus serotina, and those belonging to the genus Betula, Populus, and Malus.

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