This Tiger Swallowtail version showcases finer details within the wing pattern. Beads are created individually from polymer clay with protective glaze. No two beads are exactly alike.
The Eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) is a species of swallowtail butterfly native to eastern North America. It is one of the most familiar butterflies in the eastern United States, where it is common in many different habitats. It flies from spring to fall, during which it produces two to three broods. Adults feed on the nectar of many species of flowers, mostly from those of the Apocynaceae, Asteraceae, and Fabaceae families. P. glaucus has a wingspan measuring 7.9 to 14 cm (3.1 to 5.5 in). The male is yellow with four black “tiger stripes” on each fore wing. Females may be either yellow or black, making them dimorphic. The yellow morph is similar to the male, but with a conspicuous band of blue spots along the hindwing, while the dark morph is almost completely black.
Host plants include:
- Wild black cherry-Prunus serotina
- Ash-Fraxinus spp.
- Cottonwood-Populus spp.
- Wafer ash/hop tree-Ptelea trifoliata
- Common Lilac-Syinga vulgaris
- Sweet bay magnolia-Magnolia virginiana
- Tulip poplar/tulip tree-Liriodedron tulipifera
- Willow-Salix spp