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Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Papilio canadensis


The Canadian Tiger Swallowtail is smaller than both the Eastern & Western Tiger Swallowtails. Broad black stripes on the upperside of the forewing. The hindwing has numerous orange patches. There is also a rare black female form. Wingspan: 2 5/8 - 3 1/8 inches (6.7 - 8 cm)


Northern evergreen deciduous forests and forest edges. Adults eat nectar from various flowers.


This is my favourite butterfly. I love the bold black stripes and bright yellow. It's wonderful to see them come out in the summer and be flying everywhere. I have noticed that they seem to love manure also, and this past June there were a large number of them flying around the manure pile out at the farm. I followed this particular one around for awhile before I managed to get a good photo. They were flying around a lot, not really landing on anything, until a group of them would congregate in a wet spot in the farmyard.

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Great photo Eelhsamarie,beautiful collour and amazing detail,congrats and thanks for sharing

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Beautiful butterfly!

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Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Jun 8, 2013
Submitted on Aug 27, 2013

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