Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Papilionidae (pap-ill-lee-ON-ih-dee) (Info)
Genus: Eurytides
Species: marcellus


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Barling, Arkansas
Deer, Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Hagarville, Arkansas
Winslow, Arkansas
Brooksville, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Palm Coast, Florida
Palm Harbor, Florida
Spring Hill, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Byron, Georgia
Roswell, Georgia
Chester, Illinois
Divernon, Illinois
Cadiz, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Frederick, Maryland
Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Conway, Missouri
Concord, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Middleburg, Pennsylvania
Pequea, Pennsylvania
Clarksville, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Livingston, Texas
King George, Virginia
Leesburg, Virginia
Bruceton Mills, West Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On Jul 28, 2013, themikesmom from Concord, NC wrote:

We had never seen one of these before until today on our late blooming daylilies. We didnt know where to begin to find out what it was called but it was about the same size as the yellow and black eastern swallowtails. we thought the stripes look like a zebras so we searched for black and white zebra striped swallowtail butterfly and sure enough pics popped up of this same butterfly we saw and it's called a Zebra Swallowtail! Just Beautiful! this made our afternoon!


On Apr 18, 2013, Phellos from Port Vincent, LA wrote:

I absolutely love this butterfly. Over a decade ago, these butterflies were incredibly common in this part of Louisiana. Unfortunately, they completely disappeared over a two-year period despite an increase in Asimina triloba numbers throughout the area.

It was really sad. One year (and several before), there were zebras in almost every patch of open woods in the area. The next year, there were just a few in a couple of forests. The following year, none. We still do not know what caused them to disappear. However, that was the first year that public and aerial spraying commenced for mosquito abatement, followed by a couple of devastating hurricanes.


On May 26, 2009, tabasco from Cincinnati (Anderson Twp), OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

The zebra swallowtail is one of the first butterflies we see each springtime here in our woods on the edge of Cincinnati. This year I saw our first around May 5. They normally have two or three flights each summer in our region.

The zebra ST is a real beauty flying through the nectar garden and we planted several Paw Paw trees (Zebra ST host plant) along the forest edge to try to entice them to make a colony here.


On May 12, 2008, twopuppies from Chester, IL wrote:

May 1- I do not recall seeing them flying this early in southern Illinois in past years- the Eastern Tigers are flying with the Lilac blooms as usual and the Black Swallowtails are looking for wild carrot with the first real spring days- only males so far this season!


On Aug 4, 2006, onalee from Brooksville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Upper surface of wings with black stripes on pale whitish-green background; hindwings have very long tails. Early-spring form is smaller and lighter colored. Orange markings on underside of wings.

Caterpillar hosts: Shrubs of the genus Asimina (pawpaw) in the Annonaceae family.