20 Tiger Swallowtail Fun Facts
In one of my articles, we discussed the biology of the eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly and how you can create a natural habitat for them in your home garden, however, we will be looking at some fun facts about this butterfly that have caught the attention of so many people. The eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly is very beautiful and will fill your garden with its many colors as they move about collecting nectar. Here are the fun facts that you will find to be very interesting.
Fun facts about these amazing butterflies as we enter their world.
1. The eggs of the eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly resemble birds dropping which is a great disguise to protect them from predators, once the egg hatches the larva of the caterpillar has two spots or markings that look like eyes. These spots or fake eyes trick the predators into thinking that the caterpillar is a much larger prey and scares them away.
2. This butterfly can live anywhere from two weeks to a month.
3. During its short life span the eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly lays up to 250 eggs.
4. The female lays her eggs singly on the different host plants.
5. If eaten by dogs the eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly is poisonous, if your dog consumes one of them they will not die but it will make them sick. Because the small among of toxins that are ingested by the swallowtail butterfly from the milkweed plant will give your dog an upset stomach.
7. The tiger swallowtail butterfly grows to about 5.5 centimeters (2.2 in).
9. Their eggs are large green and smooth.
10. These butterflies are active and can be mostly seen in the wild from February to November.
11. They get their name from the tail-like extension on the hindwings.
12. The tiger swallowtail butterfly has a long black body that is thin, two pairs of large wings, one pair of antennas on top of its head, and three pairs of legs.
13. The tiger swallowtail butterfly is one of the most familiar butterflies in the eastern United States.
14. The male swallowtail seeks out females by patrolling habitats containing the larval host plant.
15. The caterpillar has five instars.
16. The young tiger swallowtail butterfly appears to have white and brown wings.
17. As the caterpillar grows it turns an apple green with a tiny shiny blue head.
18. The tiger swallowtail is known to be solitary but can be found at times in a group puddling.
19. The chrysalis stage lasts nine to eleven days, or overwinter hibernating.
20. During courtship the male and female fly about each other prior to landing and mating.
The final word on eastern tiger swallowtail fun facts
These are some awesome fun facts about the eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly, so the next time you see them in your garden or in the park just remember these amazing facts that make these butterflies so popular among the many butterfly species.