Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Drawing by Lucia Harrison
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Scientific Name: Papilio rutulus

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Photo by US Fish and Wildlife Service

The Western tiger swallowtail butterfly lives in woodlands including suburban areas.  The females lay their eggs on host plants like maples, cottonwood, willow and wild cherry.  When the eggs hatch, the caterpillars emerge and eat the leaves and rest on silken mats in the curled leaves.  When the caterpillars are done growing they form into chrysalis that hibernate and emerge as adult butterflies.  The adults drink nectar from flowering plants like thistles.

For more information go to the Butterfly and Moths in North America Website:  https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Papilio-rutulus


Photo by Chris Diel, US Fish and Wildlife Service