Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

It’s always exciting to see the  Tiger Swallowtail butterfly because it isn’t seen as often as the Monarchs  and Sulphers. This one was enchanted by my Lantana bush. It was hard getting the pictures because butterflies don’t stay still very long especially this one, but we did it.

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The sun was glaring down and it washed out the yellow color of the wings;  but he is yellow and black-just like a real Tiger.

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

For The Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly; According to  Florida Butterfly Gardening by Marc C. & Maria Minno, host plants are trees in the Olive, Magnolia, and Rose families and they inhabit swamps, flatwoods, and hammocks. We have woods behind our home in Timber Greens (a golf community in New Port Richey, FL).

My opinion – invest in a Lantana plant or two if you really want to attract Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies; they all love them. Sometimes we have 15-20 on one bush at the same time. The hummers love them too. So it’s a win-win for all.

Toni Weidman

Toni Weidman, Re/Max Sunset
Re/Max Sunset Realty
727-237-0083

Selling West Pasco homes for over 20 years.

This is part of the Florida Nature Series

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