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Tiger Swallowtails

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John Flannery
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Everyone knows the monarch butterfly. But do you know the tiger swallowtail? 

It is one of our listening area’s more easily recognizable butterflies due to its large size, bright yellow color and black tiger stripes. Swallowtails can be found all over the Baltimore area, especially near water, but also in meadows, gardens, parks and roadsides.

With a wingspan of as much as 4 and a half inches, tiger swallowtails are big and beautiful with additional blues and sometimes tiny dots of orange. But there is much more to this butterfly than meets the eye.

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