A Field Guide to the Prairie

Western Tiger Swallowtail

Western Tiger Swallowtail
Papilio rutulus
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Habitat/Range: The range of the Western Tiger Swallowtail is basically the western half of the United States, from Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico on the east to southern British Columbia, south to southern California and Arizona.
Eating Habits: Feeds on nectar from many flowers including thistles, abelia, California buckeye, zinnia, and yerba santa.

The upperside of hindwing with upper-most marginal spot yellow or lacking. Underside of forewing with separate yellow spots forming marginal band. Hindwing has narrow marginal spots and no orange tint except for 2 spots near end of inner margin.

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