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Papilio rutulus (Western tiger swallowtail)

Wikipedia Abstract

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 member of the Papilio genus, of which Papilio appalachiensis and Papilio xuthus are also members. It is a large, brightly colored and active butterfly, rarely seen at rest; its wingspan is 7 to 10 cm (3 to 4 in), and its wings are yellow with black stripes, and it has blue and orange spots near its tail. It has the "tails" on the hindwings that are often found in swallowtails.
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Wing Span [1]  3.0 inches (.077 m)

Prey / Diet

Aesculus californica (California buckeye)[2]
Alnus alnobetula subsp. alnobetula (mountain alder)[3]
Alnus incana (gray alder)[3]
Alnus rhombifolia (white alder)[3]
Alnus rubra (red alder)[3]
Betula occidentalis (water birch)[3]
Betula papyrifera (mountain paper birch)[3]
Endotropis crocea subsp. crocea (redberry buckthorn)[2]
Lilium parvum (Sierra tiger lily)[2]
Malus pumila (Common apple)[3]
Malus sylvestris (Crab Apple)[3]
Monardella villosa (coyote mint)[2]
Persea americana (avocado)[3]
Platanus racemosa (californica sycamore)[3]
Populus angustifolia (narrowleaf cottonwood)[3]
Populus balsamifera (balsam poplar)[3]
Populus balsamifera subsp. trichocarpa (black cottonwood)[2]
Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)[3]
Prunus americana (Wild Plum)[3]
Prunus armeniaca (apricot)[2]
Prunus domestica (plum)[2]
Prunus persica (peach)[2]
Ptelea trifoliata (hoptree)[2]
Salix babylonica[2]
Salix exigua (Sandbar Willow)[2]
Salix hookeriana (dune willow)[2]
Syringa chinensis (common lilac)[2]


Pollinator of 
Penstemon glaber (sawsepal penstemon)[4]



Attributes / relations provided by
1Butterflies of Canada, Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
4Clements, R. E., and F. L. Long. 1923, Experimental pollination. An outline of the ecology of flowers and insects. Washington, D.C., USA, Carnegie Institute of Washington.
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