Raccoon Creek State Park’s Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly photographed at Raccoon Creek State Park, PA

Isn’t she spectacular? Nectaring furiously on Joe Pye weed flowers, she paid no attention to my close approach. A summer morning at Raccoon Creek State Park in western Pennsylvania.

This native northeastern shrub is a magnet for swallowtails, skippers and many other butterflies. They bloom in sync with ironweed and thistle, so Papilio glaucus is well provided for.

Those blue splashes on her wings just bedazzle me. No two individuals are alike, so I’m always on the prowl for a beauty like this one.

Question. Why do you suppose it’s been named Tiger Swallowtail?

Visit our other Tiger Swallowtail posts. Compare the wings of this female with the others. Amazing, isn’t it.

Soon to be posted: a male Tiger.