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Western Tiger Swallowtail
2007-12-27 09:46:48

The Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus), is a common Swallowtail Butterfly of western North America, and is frequently seen in urban parks and gardens as well as in rural woodlands and riparian areas. The normal range of the Western Tiger Swallowtail covers much of western North America, from British Columbia to North Dakota in the north to Baja California and New Mexico in the south....

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
2007-10-26 11:57:13

The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), is species of swallowtail butterfly. It is found in the Eastern United States, as far north as southern Vermont, and as far west as extreme Eastern Colorado. It flies from spring through fall, and most of the year in the southern portions of its range, where it may produce two or three broods a year. Adult males are yellow, with four black...

Black Swallowtail
2007-10-26 11:41:37

The Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes), is a butterfly found throughout much of North America. It has a wingspan of 3.25 to 4.25 inches. The upper surface of the wings is mostly black. On the inner edge of hind wing is a black spot centered in larger orange spot. A male of this species has a yellow band near the edge of the wings. The female has a row of yellow spots. The hind wing of the...

Anise Swallowtail butterfly
2005-09-12 10:40:35

The Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon) is a common swallowtail butterfly found in western North America. Both the upper and lower sides of its wings are black, but the upper wing has a broad yellow stripe across it, which gives the butterfly an overall yellow appearance. Striking blue spots adorn the rear edge of the rear wing, and the characteristic tails of the swallowtails. Its wingspan is...

Common Blue butterfly
2005-09-09 07:48:01

The Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) is a small butterfly in the family Lycaenidae common throughout Europe. It is often found in meadows or open, hilly areas. Its wingspan is 3 to 3.5 cm. The wings or the male are iridescent blue with a white fringe. The female is usually brown with orange spots on the outer edges of the wing. In some areas the females have a blue coloration to the wings. The...

Swallowtail Butterfly
2005-07-13 19:45:44

The swallowtail butterflies form the family Papilionidae (550 species). They are large, colorful butterflies. The majority are tropical, but members of the family are found on all continents except Antarctica. This family includes the largest butterflies in the world, the birdwing butterflies of Australasia (genus Troides). Swallowtails vary from all other butterflies in a number of...

Papilio
2005-07-13 17:25:25

Papilio is a genus in the swallowtail butterfly family, Papilionidae. It includes a number of well-known North American species such as the Western Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio rutulus. Older classifications of the swallowtails tended to use a large number of rather small genera. More recent classifications have been more conservative, and as a result a number of former genera are now absorbed...

Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.