Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

By: Meriel Bradley

I was thrilled to have this Canadian Tiger Swallowtail visit my garden.

It took me on quite a chase but finally settled long enough so I could capture this picture.

The Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly can be found around evergreen and deciduous forest edges, and gardens near treed areas across North America from central Alaska all across Canada to northern New England.

I hope you enjoy this beauty as much as I do.

Quick Facts

It lays its eggs on the leaves of birch, aspen, ash, cherry, willow, apple, alder, and mountain ash trees.

Young immature caterpillars are brown and white and resemble bird droppings

Older caterpillars are large and green and somewhat cartoonish in appearance

Adults butterflies feed from nectar-rich flowers and from mud puddles 

They have a large 3 to 3/1/2 inch wingspan

 

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