This is the black form of the Easter Tiger Swallowtail. Ordinarily, these big butterflies are mostly yellow. See this article for an example: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail – Big and Bold

This female is a little worse for wear. Her wings are tattered and torn. She was very lethargic and probably not long for this earth.

Photographs were recorded at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA).

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - Black Form

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - Black Form

Observation Details

County Denton Lewisville - LLELA
City Lewisville
Date Jul 21, 2013
Time of Day Morning
Temperature Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C)
Weather Clear
Habitat Undeveloped-Wooded
Type of Behavior Stationary
Gender Female
Maturity Adult
Observer Chris Jackson
Main Article Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Observation Location