Eastern festoon

Allancastria cerisyi speciosa

A yellowish-white and black butterfly that superficially resembles the swallowtails, but smaller with a wingspan of 52-62 mm, and shorter tails on the hindwings. This festoon lives in farmland, hedges, scrub, river valleys, dry grassland, meadows, and sunny hillsides. Host plants are represented by different species of birthworts (Aristolochia spp.). The eastern flies March through July. This butterfly is considered near threatened.

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Attribution: Zeynel Cebeci (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

Attribution: Zeynel Cebeci (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

Attribution: Zeynel Cebeci (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

Attribution: Zeynel Cebeci (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

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