Look for Zebra Swallowtail Butterflies in Southern States 

Beautiful Zebra Swallowtails (Protographium marcellus) are butterfly icons. These beautiful Southern creatures delight nature and butterfly lovers. Appeal of the Southern Zebra Swallowtail.  

Southern US zebra swallowtails thrive in rich, damp forests and open spaces. They live in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and parts of the Carolinas, where their host plants thrive.  

1. Habitat and Range

Zebra Swallowtails live on Pawpaw trees (Asimina spp.). Zebra Swallowtail caterpillars need pawpaw trees for food and shelter.  

2. Host Plants

Zebra Zebra-patterned black and white wings give swallowtails their name. Their 2.5–4-inch wingspan makes them impressive to watch fly.  

3. Distinctive Appearance

Observing Zebra Swallowtails in nature are seasonal delights. They appear in spring and early summer when their host plants blossom. On sunny Southern days, their graceful flight patterns and fluttering wings add charm.  

4. Seasonal Flight Patterns

Zebra Swallowtails are not endangered, but habitat loss, pesticide use, and climate change threaten their habitat. Conservation and habitat preservation are essential to the survival of these magnificent butterflies.  

5. Conservation and Protection

Butterfly gardens featuring Pawpaw trees and other native plants attract Zebra Swallowtails and help conserve butterflies. Butterfly counts, monitoring, and other citizen science projects help conserve butterfly populations.  

6. Butterfly Gardens and Citizen Science

Nature paths, botanical gardens, and parks in the South offer wildlife encounters, including Zebra Swallowtails. Be alert and ready to photograph these ephemeral nature wonders.  

7. Wildlife Encounters

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