Guardian Nature School Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global citizen science platform
to discover, share and identify wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Nature School For Teachers - Fall 2020 Launch! visit nature school

Anise Swallowtail

Papilio zelicaon

Description:

The Anise Swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon, is a common swallowtail butterfly of western North America. Both the upper and lower sides of its wings are black, but the upper wing has a broad yellow stripe across it, which gives the butterfly an overall yellow appearance. There are striking blue spots on the rear edge of the rear wing, and the characteristic tails of the swallowtails. Its wingspan is 7–9 cm. Its body is somewhat shorter than the rather similar Western Tiger Swallowtail, with which its range overlaps; it also lacks the black stripes, converging toward the tail, of the latter. There is a somewhat darker subspecies, Papilio zelicaon nitra, which is rare throughout the range, though somewhat more often found at lower elevations.

Species ID Suggestions



Sign in to suggest organism ID

1 Comment

jakewade97
jakewade97 8 years ago

Pretty

DonnaPomeroy
Spotted by
DonnaPomeroy

Fremont, California, USA

Spotted on Apr 28, 2012
Submitted on Apr 29, 2012

Related Spottings

The Common Mormon ♂ Papilio machaon Paris Peacock lime butterfly -  Papilio demoleus

Nearby Spottings

Black Phoebe Blue-eyed Grass Monarch Common Gallinule

Reference

Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors