One of my favs is the Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus) which is the state butterfly of Tennessee.
Last summer I was delighted to see 3 Zebras at one time, a record for my garden. They are one of the most delightful to watch and on occasion will 'pose' for pics.
Our Georgia state butterfly along with Delaware and South Carolina is the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus). The Eastern Swallowtail is the state insect of Virginia. The Oregon Swallowtail is the state butterfly of Oregon. Spicebush swallowtail is the state butterfly of Mississippi. A common trait is extensions at the rear end of the wings, which resemble the tails of swallows.
Another of my favorites is the Palamedes Swallowtail, found in the coastal plains of the southeastern states from Virginia to Louisiana. Palamedes resembles the Giant Swallowtail but smaller. Mimicry is common among butterflies. A good butterfly book or reliable online sources are needed to see the fine points that separate the different species.
Porterweed is one of the most popular nectar flowers in my summer garden.
Swallowtails are found all over the world in climates that are not too cold or too hot for their survival. The Schaus Swallowtail is said to be found in tropical Florida, Europe and Asia. South Africa has several Swallowtails.
For your entertainment, the 'Swallowtail Jig' performed on the harmonica by an unassuming young man who obviously enjoys his music.
My previous blog post discussed plantings and other ways to attract Butterflies. Swallowtails are one of many groups of butterflies that I hope to attract. At times they are the most prolific.
Does your garden entertain Swallowtails at various times of the year?