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GALLERIES > BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS > OLD WORLD SWALLOWTAIL [Papilio machaon]


Old World Swallowtail (P.m. bairdii)
 
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
GPS: 34.1N, -118.2W, elev=281' MAP
Date: May 29, 2000
ID : ? [3888 x 2592]

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SPECIES INFO

Family: Parnassians and Swallowtails (Papilionidae)

Subfamily: Swallowtails (Papilioninae)

Identification: Upperside of hindwing near tail has reddish-orange eyespot with black along lower border touching inner edge of hindwing or at least not a centered eyespot.

Life history: Females lay eggs singly on the host plant, and newly-hatched caterpillars eat the leaves. Older caterpillars feeding on plants of the parsley family prefer to eat the flowers. Chrysalids overwinter.

Flight: In north, one flight in late May-July; two flights in south.

Wing span: 2 1/2 - 3 inches (6.5 - 7.5 cm).

Caterpillar hosts: Sagebrushes (Artemisia species), including Arctic wormwood and wild tarragon, rarely plants in the parsley family.

Adult food: Flower nectar.

Habitat: Open hilltops, mountain meadows, tundra.

Range: Holarctic. In North America, south from Alaska to northern British Colombia, east across Canada to western Quebec. Southern British Colombia south through New Mexico. Comments: Includes , P. oregonius and P. bairdii.

Conservation: Not noted as of concern, but is rare or uncommon.

NatureServe Global Status: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.

Management needs: None noted.



                                     




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