Attributes of Papilio indra

Indra Swallowtail
Papilio indra Reakirt, 1866

Family: Papilionidae
Subfamily: Papilioninae
Identification: Abdomen is all black, or black with a yellow dash on the side of the rear. Wings are mostly black with pale yellow markings. Tails are very short on most subspecies.
Wing Span: 2 1/2 - 3 inches (6.2 - 7.2 cm).
Life History: Males watch from rocky areas below tops of hills or mesas for receptive females. Females lay eggs singly on top of host plant leaves or on flowers. Caterpillars feed on the edges of leaves and hide at the base of plants. Chrysalids hibernate.
Flight: One flight, with occasional late-flying individuals of desert populations, March-August.
Caterpillar Hosts: Aromatic herbs of the parsley family (Apiaceae) growing among rocks.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Mountains, desert mountains, and canyons.
Range: Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico north to South Dakota, west to Washington.
Conservation: Several subspecies occur entirely or primarily on Federal lands. These include kaibabensis (Grand Canyon National Park), minori (Colorado National Monument and B.L.M.), panamintensis (Death Valley National Monument), and martini (Mojave Desert National Preserve).
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: Prevent removal of caterpillar host plants from public lands. Limit collection by permits.
Taxonomy Notes:

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May 30, 2009 rosenthal.k Jefferson County, Colorado, United States February 16, 2014 Details
July 28, 2013 randimal Pierce County, Washington, United States August 02, 2013 Details
May 20, 2012 Ethan Hall Cache County, Utah, United States December 20, 2012 Details
May 15, 1981 legacy.reporter (Wayne Dawes) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
June 18, 1983 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Esmeralda County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
June 18, 1983 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Mineral County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
June 19, 1983 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Mineral County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
April 12, 1984 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 10, 1988 legacy.reporter (JR Mori) Douglas County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 16, 1990 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Churchill County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
June 01, 1992 legacy.reporter (John B. Vernon) Humboldt County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
June 30, 1987 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Washoe County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 30, 1981 legacy.reporter (Jim Mori) Coconino County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
April 21, 1979 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
April 24, 1977 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
June 17, 1978 legacy.reporter (Doug Mullins) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
April 19, 1975 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 10, 1975 legacy.reporter (C. S. Lawson) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 19, 2012 sagebird52 Goshen County, Wyoming, United States May 22, 2012 Details
May 19, 2011 AJBrumble Valley County, Idaho, United States January 29, 2012 Details
May 06, 2012 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Inyo County, California, United States January 01, 2012 Details
June 27, 2012 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Mono County, California, United States January 01, 2012 Details
July 22, 1978 legacy.reporter (S. Dvorak) White Pine County, Nevada, United States January 01, 2012 Details
August 05, 1976 legacy.reporter (J. & S. Werner) Coconino County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2012 Details
July 23, 2011 legacy.reporter (Paul Johnson II) Tulare County, California, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 01, 2011 legacy.reporter (David Horner) Los Angeles County, California, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 25, 2009 RaisingButterflies.org Millard County, Utah, United States August 10, 2011 Details
July 17, 2007 RaisingButterflies.org Mono County, California, United States August 10, 2011 Details
April 29, 2005 RaisingButterflies.org Clark County, Nevada, United States August 10, 2011 Details
May 23, 2008 RaisingButterflies.org Grand County, Utah, United States August 10, 2011 Details
May 23, 2008 RaisingButterflies.org Grand County, Utah, United States August 10, 2011 Details
April 16, 2005 RaisingButterflies.org San Bernardino County, California, United States August 10, 2011 Details
May 29, 2010 legacy.reporter (Robert Warner) San Bernardino County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
June 19, 1971 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Mono County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
June 03, 2007 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Inyo County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
March 21, 1984 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) San Diego County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
June 09, 1977 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) San Diego County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
June 20, 1986 legacy.reporter (unknown) Alpine County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
May 14, 1983 legacy.reporter (unknown) Napa County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
May 02, 1990 legacy.reporter (unknown) San Diego County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
April 06, 2002 legacy.reporter (John G. Pasko) Inyo County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
July 02, 2011 legacy.reporter (Paul Levine) Kern County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
July 02, 2011 legacy.reporter (Fred Heath) Kern County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
May 01, 2011 legacy.reporter (David Horner) Los Angeles County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
July 23, 2011 legacy.reporter (Paul Johnson) Tulare County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
July 02, 2011 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Tulare County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
July 02, 2011 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Tulare County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
July 03, 2011 legacy.reporter (Darin Andrade) Tulare County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
August 17, 1945 legacy.reporter (unknown) Coconino County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
August 09, 1969 legacy.reporter (Ronald S. Wielgus) Coconino County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details