: The zebra swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus) is a common butterfly that can be found in all of Ohio's eighty-eight counties, but especially in the southern portion of the state. It is a member of the Papilionidae (swallowtail) family and prefers to live in open areas of forests and river bottom areas during the months of April through October. It feeds primarily on the pawpaw plant. This species has a wingspan of 2.25 to 4 inches (5.7 to 10.2 cm). In Ohio there are more than 150 species of butterflies. Twenty-seven different species of butterflies representing five families can be found in the Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook, including all seven species of butterflies that are listed as endangered in Ohio. Butterflies are a part of the order Lepidoptera (from the Greek words lepis, which means scale and pteron, which means wing). There are nearly 17,500 species of butterflies world-wide. Approximately 750 of these can be found in North America. View on Ohio Memory.
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