ZEBRA SWALLOWTAIL

Eurytides marcellus

Found throughout both Alabama and Mississippi, flying year round but more common in the spring.  The only white swallowtail in our region.  Sexes similar but the summer form is larger and has longer tails than the spring form.  White background color with black "zebra stripes" on both fore and hindwings.  Lower surface of hindwing has a red median band.

Adult - dorsal

Summer form

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Adult - dorsal

Spring form

Adult - ventral

Summer form

Adult - ventral

Spring form

Eggs on Pawpaw tree

Caterpillar on Pawpaw tree

Caterpillar on Pawpaw tree