Butterfly of the week – Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

The Eastern tiger swallowtail, Papilio glaucus, is one of the most common swallowtail butterflies in the eastern United States.  It is widely distributed from New England to the southern Great Lakes and the Great Plains states as well as to Texas and Florida. The Eastern tiger swallowtail is a large butterfly with a 3 to 5.5 […]

Butterfly of the Week – Silver Spotted Skipper

The silver-spotted skipper, Epargyreus clarus has a large white spot on the underside of each hind wing, and is one of the largest, most widespread and most recognized skippers in our area. Adults have a jerky style of flight which is typical of many skippers. Silver spotted skipper feeding on lantana in Eastern CT. Photo by L. […]

Butterfly of the Week – Spicebush Swallowtail

The spicebush swallowtail butterfly, Papilio troilus is a beautiful and interesting swallowtail.  It is typically found in the eastern half of the United States from southern Canada to southern Florida and west to Texas.   The upper surface of the forewings is black with marginal and sub-marginal rows of light yellow spots. The upper surfaces of the […]

Cabbage White Butterfly

The Cabbage White Butterfly (Pieris rapae) is very common and can be found in central Canada and the United States into northwest Mexico. Adults are typically white with a black tip on the forewing. Females have 2 sub-marginal black spots whereas males have one. The undersides of the hindwings and forewings are usually greenish yellow […]