Attributes of Papilio multicaudata

Two-tailed Swallowtail
Papilio multicaudata W.F. Kirby, 1884

Family: Papilionidae
Subfamily: Papilioninae
Identification: Upper surface of male forewing with narrow black stripes. Each hindwing has 2 tails.
Wing Span: 3 1/2 - 5 inches (9 - 12.7 cm).
Life History: Males patrol stream courses or city streets for receptive females. Eggs are laid singly on leaves of host plant. Caterpillars eat leaves and rest on silken mats in shelters of curled leaves. Chrysalids hibernate.
Flight: One flight May to mid-August in North, most of year in South.
Caterpillar Hosts: Leaves of ash (Fraxinus), hop tree (Ptelea), and chokecherry (Prunus).
Adult Food: Nectar from thistles, milkweeds, California buckeye, lilac, and many others.
Habitat: Foothill slopes and canyons, moist valleys, streamsides, woodlands, parks, roadsides, suburbs, and cities.
Range: Western North America south from British Columbia, east to central Nebraska and central Texas, south through Mexico.
Conservation: Not usually 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 20, 2013 ccobb89 Douglas County, Colorado, United States February 16, 2014 Details
August 23, 2013 deniserose81 Weld County, Colorado, United States February 11, 2014 Details
July 11, 2013 FESHAW7910 Iron County, Utah, United States February 08, 2014 Details
June 05, 2013 carex17 Cochise County, Arizona, United States February 03, 2014 Details
June 08, 2013 phillbird Jefferson County, Colorado, United States December 04, 2013 Details
August 29, 2013 daisygirlk Salt Lake County, Utah, United States October 26, 2013 Details
July 16, 2013 matthewjcampbell Umatilla County, Oregon, United States October 09, 2013 Details
October 02, 2013 George Sims Fremont County, Wyoming, United States October 08, 2013 Details
September 19, 2013 Mcuda Yavapai County, Arizona, United States September 20, 2013 Details
September 21, 2012 kdg54ca7775 British Columbia, Canada September 17, 2013 Details
September 09, 2013 Sereniki British Columbia, Canada September 17, 2013 Details
August 19, 2013 ladygoodlife Coconino County, Arizona, United States August 20, 2013 Details
August 06, 2013 kawadley Dona Ana County, New Mexico, United States August 09, 2013 Details
July 31, 2013 olywaguy Kittitas County, Washington, United States August 02, 2013 Details
July 03, 2011 randimal Okanogan County, Washington, United States August 02, 2013 Details
June 21, 2013 adonis Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States July 28, 2013 Details
July 03, 2013 glovato El Paso County, Colorado, United States July 28, 2013 Details
June 26, 2013 Margodan British Columbia, Canada June 27, 2013 Details
April 19, 2013 whbauer Blanco County, Texas, United States April 20, 2013 Details
March 27, 2013 dwwhatley Texas, Travis County, United States March 30, 2013 Details
March 13, 2013 sallyatticum Texas, Travis County, United States March 14, 2013 Details
June 09, 2012 J_Martineau Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States February 05, 2013 Details
July 27, 2012 reversibleraincoat Butte County, Idaho, United States January 22, 2013 Details
December 03, 2012 BrynneD1 Hays County, Texas, United States January 19, 2013 Details
June 04, 1972 stomlins701 Bexar County, Texas, United States December 26, 2012 Details
May 20, 2012 Ethan Hall Cache County, Utah, United States December 20, 2012 Details
June 17, 1981 legacy.reporter (Oakley Shields) Churchill County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 09, 1982 legacy.reporter (K Hansen-S. Mattoon) Elko County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 11, 1982 legacy.reporter (K Hansen-S. Mattoon) Elko County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
March 29, 1984 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 17, 1988 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 05, 1983 legacy.reporter (D. Parkinson) Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 20, 1995 legacy.reporter (Robert L. Langston) Humboldt County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
April 27, 1978 legacy.reporter (C. S. Lawson) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 17, 1978 legacy.reporter (C. S. Lawson) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 20, 1979 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 29, 1978 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
June 07, 1978 legacy.reporter (C. S. Lawson) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 22, 1999 legacy.reporter (Robert L. Langston) Lander County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 09, 1999 legacy.reporter (Ray Stanford) Esmeralda County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
March 31, 1994 legacy.reporter (Lauritz Muehlbach) Yavapai County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
April 12, 1994 legacy.reporter (Lauritz Muehlbach) Yavapai County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
April 18, 1994 legacy.reporter (Lauritz Muehlbach) Yavapai County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 10, 1994 legacy.reporter (Lauritz Muehlbach) Yavapai County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 18, 1994 legacy.reporter (Lauritz Muehlbach) Yavapai County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
February 16, 2006 legacy.reporter (Robert Behrstock) Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 08, 2002 legacy.reporter (Ray & Kit Stanford) Esmeralda County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
June 06, 2001 legacy.reporter (Robert L. Langston) Elko County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 08, 2002 legacy.reporter (Paul Thompson) White Pine County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 17, 2012 rjadams Cascade County, Montana, United States October 12, 2012 Details