I photographed this female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on my finger to give you an idea on the size of these Butterflies.
When I was getting some bird seeds from my storage shed a couple of mornings ago this Butterfly fell on me. I’m guessing it was on the top of the door and when I opened the door it must have caused the Butterfly to fall. It was a cool morning and I’m thinking this is why the Butterfly did not fly away. (Butterflies are more active in temperatures above 60 degrees.)
I went back to my house and got my camera. When I came back I then placed my finger in front of the Butterfly and had it to climb on. I made sure not to touch its wings. I made a few photos and then I placed it on a nearby limb in the sunlight. Later in the morning when I walked by it flew away.
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Facts
Females are dimorphic. The yellow morph differs from the male in having a blue postmedian area on the dorsal hindwing. In the dark morph, the areas that are normally yellow are replaced with dark gray or black. The bluish postmedian area on the ventral hindwing has one row of orange spots. A shadow of the “tiger stripes” can be seen on the underside of some dark females.
Adults are seen from spring to fall, although the exact date varies depending on the location. In the south, they are seen from February to November; in the north, they are seen from May to September. P. glaucus produces two broods in the north and three in the south. The first broods yield the smallest adults.
The eastern tiger swallowtail is the state butterfly of Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, and is the state insect of Virginia. (Wikipedia)