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Western tiger swallowtail

Papilio rutulus

Description:

The Western Tiger Swallowtail is a common swallowtail butterfly of western North America, frequently seen in urban parks and gardens as well as in rural woodlands and riparian areas. It is a large, brightly colored and active butterfly, rarely seen at rest; its wingspan is 7 to 10 cm (~2.75 to 4 in), and its wings are yellow with black stripes, and in addition it has blue and orange spots near its tail. It has the "tails" on the hind wings that are often found in swallowtails.

Notes:

These 2 butterflies were "puddling." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mud-puddlin...

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3 Comments

MelissaFerguson
MelissaFerguson 8 years ago

What beautiful butterflies and great information!

LisaFP
LisaFP 8 years ago

Great colors.... 2.75-4 inches is big, great information too!

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 8 years ago

Nice catch, Goody!!

Aaron_G
Spotted by
Aaron_G

Nogales, Arizona, USA

Spotted on Jul 31, 2003
Submitted on Mar 3, 2012

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