Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly

Tennessee State Butterfly


Zebra swallowtail butterfly

Zebra swallowtail butterfly (Eurytides marcellus); photo by Jenny Pansing on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly

The zebra swallowtail butterfly (Euryotides marcellus) was designated the official state butterfly of Tennessee in 1995. The zebra swallowtail has black and white stripes running the length of its body with red and blue spots on the lower back. A striking butterfly that can be found throughout most of the United States. Tennessee also recognizes two other insect symbols (firefly and ladybug) and a state agricultural insect (honeybee).



Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly