Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly

Zebra Butterfly Coloration and Size

The Zebra Swallowtail (Protographium marcellus) is a beautiful butterfly welcomed in any landscape or garden. Its distinctive wing shape and long tails make it easy to identify, and its black and white-striped pattern is reminiscent of a zebra.

Its wingspan is in the Size: 2.5" - 4.0" range.

Distribution and Habitat

It ranges throughout the eastern United States, but is found more often in the southern states.

It prefers to stay in moist wood habitats that support the pawpaw, and is not often found on cleared lands.

Nectar and Host Plants Used by the Zebra Swallowtail

Host plants used by the Zebra Swallowtail include ommon Pawpaw and Dwarf Pawpaw.

favorite nectar plants are Milkweed, Cosmos, Sweet William, and Zinnia.

Photos of Zebra Swallowtail Butterflies

The Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly
The Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly
By Megan McCarty (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons