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Nature in Florida - The Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Nature in Florida - The Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

The Tiger Swallowtail butterfly isn’t seen around as much as the Monarchs and Sulphers so I was really excited when I saw this one on my Lantana bush. It was hard getting the pictures because butterflies don’t stay still very long especially this one, but we did it (Craig took one of them too).

Nature in Florida - The Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

It was such a bright day that the yellow color shows as white but he is yellow and black-just like a Tiger.

Nature in Florida - The Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

According to  Florida Butterfly Gardening by Marc C. & Maria Minno, host plants are trees in the Olive, Magnolia, and Rose families and they inhabit swamps, flatwoods, and hammocks.

My opinion - invest in a Lantana plant or two if you really want to attract Butterflies; they all love them.
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Comment balloon 29 commentsToni Weidman • September 25 2011 09:42AM


Very nice picture and interesting how the yellow doesn't show up in the beautiful creature.  I enjoy seeing butterflies and will have to check if we have Lantana bushes around here.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Posted by Robin Dampier REALTOR®, Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source (Coldwell Banker King) over 8 years ago

We see a few of the swallowtails around here, but not very many. I don't know what they like to eat in my area of Western Colorado.

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 8 years ago

Sue - it just washed out, I think. It was a brilliant day. I just read that the males are much lighter in color.

Debbie - My book only covers Florida butterflies :)

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 8 years ago

Good morning Toni,

The Lantana seem to attract the most butterflys and hummingbirds...I have all colors/varietys in multiple beds.

Posted by Bill Blankenship (Lisa Von Domek & Associates, LLC / Real Living Real Estate Group) over 8 years ago

Hi Toni,  You were so lucky to get this good of a picture.  They do like to fly instead of sitting.

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) over 8 years ago

I'm a big butterfly fan and also have lots of Lantana and other butterfly attracting flowers to keep them coming back.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055) over 8 years ago

Hello Toni,

There is just something about taking pictures of butterflies.

The peacefulness, etc... These are some good ones.

Thanks for sharing them.

Have a great day in Florida,

Best, Clint Mckie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) over 8 years ago

TOni, I love nature too...we sure do seem to be alot pets too of course!  Thanks for sharing the photos!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) over 8 years ago

Toni: With such a beautiful blooming Lantana bush,I can see why the butterflies would come for a visit.

Posted by Carl Winters over 8 years ago

The bush is as pretty as the butterfly - great pictures Toni!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 8 years ago

Toni, great looking bush and you get a bonus of beatufiul butterfies -- great photos!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 8 years ago

Lisa - i do too but this bush turned into a monstor bush and attracts everything! It's a beauty.

Will - yes, you have to have patience :)

Anita - I don't know how anyone cannot love them; they are so pretty.

Clint - I agree; they seem so tranquil except when you are trying to get their picture :)

Kristin - you're right-we do seem to like a lot of the same things. Usually, living, breathing things ;)

Ceil - I guess I should take a picture of just the bush-it is spectacular.

Debra - it is a pretty one.

Joan - I check the bush out through the windows whenever I walk through my livingroom - you just never know what might be hanging around there.



Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 8 years ago

Tony, love your garden photos. You must have a beautiful garden to get all these wonderful butterflies in my is a courtyard and I've just started getting hummers....making new hummy food today. Thanks for sharing your butterflies. They are beautiful!

Posted by Jeanean Gendron, Specializing in Selling Unique Properties (The Address Realty) over 8 years ago

I have two really huge lantana and I have so many butterflies this time of year.  I enjoy watching them.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 8 years ago

Hi Toni - We seem to have a healthy population of Tiger Swallowtails up here. We see them on our monster butterfly bush.

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago


What a gorgeous shot and I love the contrast of the black and white of the butterfly and the golden yellow of the lantana.  Really gorgeous, thanks for shareing, A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 8 years ago
Hi Toni -- Beautiful photos!  Lantanas must be tropical, I never see them here in NC.   We have butterfly bushes but they are in bloom for only a short time.  As I recall the lantanas bloom for months, which must make the butterflies very happy indeed.
Posted by Dianne Goode, Realtor/Broker (Raleigh Cary Realty) over 8 years ago

Howdy and evening Toni

the photos and the Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly, sure are both mighty fine looking. You sure are right about Butterflies liking a Lantana Plant or two in the garden. They also like having a few flat rocks near the plants in the garden to rest on.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 8 years ago

Toni, you did great to get those pictures!!  Bill always laughs at me when I grab the camera and start chasing a butterfuly madly around the yard!!

Posted by Bill & Cyndi Daves, TeamDAVES - Your REALTORS In the GA/NC Mountains! (Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond!) over 8 years ago

Hi Toni, I have a couple of Lantana plants around the house that "planted" themselves.  One of them has grown taller than me and both of them attract butterflies, bees and bumblebees! 

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 8 years ago


I think its picture perfect just the way it is. I can just imagine how enthralled you both were while the butterfly was fluttering around the garden. I don't know about you, but butterflies have always caused my heart to flutter!

Butterflies have certain colors and flowers they gravitate towards, so it doesn't surprise me at all that his color was deeper yellow, as you described. Those Lantanas drew him in and you were there to capture the spectacular moment.

Timing is everything. You're right, it's not easy to get those wings opened up for the picture. It takes patience and your patience paid off. Because of you, I was able to take pleasure in the butterfly that landed on your lantana bush that was planted in your enchanted gardens.

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 8 years ago

Toni, Butterflies make a garden dazzle with their colors and their movements. We mostly have Monarchs here and only a couple at a time, so it must be a joy to see several fluttering around!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) over 8 years ago

Toni--Thanks for sharing your knowledge of butterflies as well as these photos.  And plants, too.  The flowers on the Latana plant are beautiful, too.  At this time of year our butterflies and birds are heading south, but I have never seen a Tiger Swallowtail here. 

Have a good day.


Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Jeanean - thank you. We both love our flowers, butterflies and birds and the bees.

Tammy - what could be better especially when you need to relax.

John - I used to have a Butterfly bush in our last home but they grow so big that I decided to not plant one in this yard. Glad to hear you have lots of Tigers.

Alexandra - you're welcome.

Dianne - the Lantanas bloom continually from Spring through Fall.

Dale - you are right about the flat rocks - which we have and we also provide a shallow dish for water or sometimes fruit that they can drink from.

Cyndi - our neighbors don't even come out anymore; they are used to my crazy antics when it comes to photographing wildlife.

Silvia - we have a few small ones that we didn't plant either. I guess the birds are helping :)

Sheila - I love the Monarchs; they are so colorful and quite friendly. They will land on your outstretched hand or on your hair.

Mary - The flowers are pretty, they're not big but very abundant so they look gorgeous.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Toni -

Beautiful and the framing around the photos really showcase your pics.

Best regards from The Q

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) over 8 years ago

John - thank you!

And, thanks to all of you who took the time to comment on my butterflies.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 8 years ago

WOW great shot and thank goodness you had a camera close by.  You must have a lot of luck floating around your yard :)

Posted by Amy Robinson, Realtor, Scottsdale Arizona Homes For Sale (London Pierce Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Amy - I always have a camera or two or three close by. They are all over the house and car.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 8 years ago

Toni - I really love the new wallpaper that you have on this website! That is indeed Florida at it's best, nature the way it was intended to be! Nothing like native plants and insects!!!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 8 years ago

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