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The imago typically has yellow wings with black vein markings, and a wingspan of 65 - 86 mm. The hind wings of both sexes have a pair of protruding tails which give the butterfly its common name from the resemblance to the birds of the same name. Just below each tail is a red eye spot.
It occurs throughout the Palearctic region in Europe and Asia; it also occurs across North America, and thus, is not restricted to the Old World, despite the common name.
Other names: Common yellow swallowtail or simply the swallowtail (a common name applied to all members of the family).
Spotted on Jul 19, 2013
Submitted on Jul 19, 2013
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