Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (black female form)?

I am ashamed to admit that I know VERY little about butterflies although I LOVE watching them. The swallowtails are now regular visitors and I am trying to ID them. Can anyone confirm that this is indeed an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (black female form)? What other butterflies are common in the North East?


Patrick Belardo said...

Confirmed! I need to get you into butterflies and then dragonflies. There's a nice butterfly garden near you in Washington Twp. at a school there. Some info on NJ butterflies are here: http://www.naba.org/chapters/nabanj/

Owlman said...

I have a bunch of butterflies on my butterfly bushes, but I have no idea what they are. I guess I need to get a butterfly ID book and get cracking. Not knowing anything about butterflies makes it a rather daunting task. Maybe I'll post some photos and get you experts to give me a jump start ;-)

Hmm dragonflies - they are awesome, but even more daunting! BTW, I am planning on doing some major re-arranging in my garden to accommodate more butterfly-friendly plants. At the moment I have several evergreen shrubs interspersed with annuals and perennials. I plan to move the shrubs and add more annuals and perennials in their place. The gardening work NEVER ends which means less time to bird, but it will be worth it in the end.