Attributes of Papilio canadensis

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail
Papilio canadensis Rothschild & Jordan, 1906

Family: Papilionidae
Subfamily: Papilioninae
Identification: Smaller than Eastern or Western Tiger Swallowtails. Upperside of forewing with relatively broad black stripes; underside with marginal yellow spots merged into continuous band. Hindwing with numerous orange scales. Extremely rare black female form.
Wing Span: 2 5/8 - 3 1/8 inches (6.7 - 8 cm).
Life History: Males patrol to locate receptive females. Females lay eggs singly on surface of host plant leaves. Caterpillars eat leaves and rest on silken mats in shelters of curled leaves. Chrysalids hibernate.
Flight: One flight from May to mid-July.
Caterpillar Hosts: Leaves of birch (Betula), aspen (Populus), and black cherry (Prunus).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers.
Habitat: Northern deciduous and evergreen-deciduous woods and forest edges.
Range: North America from central Alaska southeast across Canada and the northern Great Lakes states to northern New England.
Conservation: Not required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None noted.
Taxonomy Notes:

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September 02, 2014 Hortonhollow Lincoln County, Montana, United States September 02, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 frogbandit Anchorage Borough, Alaska, United States August 10, 2014 Details
July 31, 2014 penmachine Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada August 05, 2014 Details
June 01, 2013 Chris Blomme Ontario, Canada July 25, 2014 Details
June 16, 2014 jstorm41 Cumberland County, Maine, United States July 20, 2014 Details
July 06, 2014 janazak Yukon Territory, Canada July 14, 2014 Details
June 07, 2014 nwoodworth Cass County, Minnesota, United States July 09, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 Pat Brown Ontario, Canada July 05, 2014 Details
June 15, 2014 Sean Werle Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States July 02, 2014 Details
May 25, 2014 SCM_Alaska Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States June 26, 2014 Details
May 26, 2014 janazak Yukon Territory, Canada June 26, 2014 Details
June 05, 2014 janazak Yukon Territory, Canada June 26, 2014 Details
June 20, 2014 BOGwalker St Louis County, Minnesota, United States June 25, 2014 Details
June 22, 2014 bethjpalik Itasca County, Minnesota, United States June 25, 2014 Details
June 11, 2014 Lhanus Beltrami County, Minnesota, United States June 18, 2014 Details
May 31, 2014 jim8435wisc Jackson County, Wisconsin, United States June 10, 2014 Details
June 08, 2014 Jody Ontario, Canada June 09, 2014 Details
May 20, 2014 toddewen Ontario, Canada June 09, 2014 Details
June 07, 2014 franday New Brunswick, Canada June 08, 2014 Details
May 30, 2014 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada May 31, 2014 Details
June 18, 2009 billdea57 Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States March 31, 2014 Details
June 19, 2013 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 19, 2014 Details
May 27, 2012 deweidemann Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States February 11, 2014 Details
June 15, 2013 soluslupus13 Ontario, Canada January 22, 2014 Details
May 28, 2006 cgreiner Aitkin County, Minnesota, United States September 18, 2013 Details
July 14, 2013 johngor Alberta, Canada September 16, 2013 Details
September 03, 2013 Juliesavard78 Ontario, Canada September 04, 2013 Details
August 29, 2013 Canuq Ontario, Canada August 30, 2013 Details
June 08, 2013 Eelhsa Ontario, Canada August 25, 2013 Details
August 15, 2013 tbone Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada August 15, 2013 Details
June 30, 2013 Greg Dean British Columbia, Canada August 06, 2013 Details
July 04, 2013 aarongunnar Vilas County, Wisconsin, United States July 19, 2013 Details
July 14, 2013 JohnF Waldo County, Maine, United States July 17, 2013 Details
July 12, 2013 Whitecolin York County, Maine, United States July 16, 2013 Details
June 03, 2013 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada July 09, 2013 Details
June 23, 2011 Cherylee Black Manitoba, Canada July 07, 2013 Details
June 15, 2013 dpgbfly1 Carlton County, Minnesota, United States July 06, 2013 Details
June 27, 2013 Jrmiller Saskatchewan, Canada July 04, 2013 Details
July 03, 2013 raymond smith British Columbia, Canada July 04, 2013 Details
May 23, 2013 Sean Werle Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States June 27, 2013 Details
June 21, 2013 lilliak86 Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada June 22, 2013 Details
June 14, 2013 Peggy O Taylor County, Wisconsin, United States June 15, 2013 Details
June 09, 2013 samfrew Quebec, Canada June 14, 2013 Details
May 27, 2013 mom2krb Erie County, New York, United States June 13, 2013 Details
June 16, 2011 David Allen Jones Sawyer County, Wisconsin, United States June 08, 2013 Details
May 28, 2013 irises Saskatchewan, Canada June 07, 2013 Details
June 06, 2013 raymond smith British Columbia, Canada June 07, 2013 Details
May 29, 2013 Dave Kinney Wexford County, Michigan, United States May 31, 2013 Details
May 04, 2013 schmev24 Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States May 15, 2013 Details
June 06, 2012 dendroica5 Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States December 04, 2012 Details