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Western tiger swallowtail

Papilio rutulus


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.


These 2 butterflies were "puddling."

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MelissaFerguson 8 years ago

What beautiful butterflies and great information!

LisaFP 8 years ago

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

SarahWhitt 8 years ago

Nice catch, Goody!!

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Nogales, Arizona, USA

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

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