Wingspan: 2 ½ - 4 inches
The region's only "kite" swallowtail is the unmistakable Zebra Swallowtail. No other butterfly has its triangle-shaped, zebra-striped wings, which taper to long, graceful tails.
Below, a brilliant red stripe slashes across the hindwing. The summer generation is larger and has proportionally wider stripes and longer tails than the spring generation.
Look for Zebras sailing along watercourses or nectaring nearby in marshes and fields. Zebra caterpillars require pawpaw trees (Asimina triloba), a shrub or small tree that grows beneath taller trees in rich, damp woods.