Attributes of Papilio rutulus

Western Tiger Swallowtail
Papilio rutulus Lucas, 1852

Family: Papilionidae
Subfamily: Papilioninae
Identification: Upperside of hindwing with upper-most marginal spot yellow or lacking. Underside of forewing with separate yellow spots forming marginal band. Hindwing has narrow marginal spots and no orange tint except for 2 spots near end of inner margin.
Wing Span: 2 3/4 - 4 inches (7 - 10 cm).
Life History: Males patrol canyons or hilltops for receptive females. Females lay eggs singly on surface of host plant leaves. Caterpillars feed on leaves and rest on silken mats in shelters of curled leaves. Chrysalids hibernate.
Flight: One flight from June-July.
Caterpillar Hosts: Leaves of cottonwood and aspen (Populus), willows (Salix), wild cherry (Prunus), and ash (Fraxinus).
Adult Food: Nectar from many flowers including thistles, abelia, California buckeye, zinnia, and yerba santa.
Habitat: Woodlands near rivers and streams, wooded suburbs, canyons, parks, roadsides, and oases.
Range: Western North America from British Columbia south to southern New Mexico and Baja California; east to western South Dakota and southeast Colorado. A rare stray to central Nebraska.
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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June 27, 2015 Damselfly88 Spokane County, Washington, United States August 27, 2015 Details
August 06, 2015 kitandbonnie Yolo County, California, United States August 06, 2015 Details
August 03, 2015 ezeemonee Santa Clara County, California, United States August 05, 2015 Details
July 20, 2015 Mother Church Lincoln County, Oregon, United States August 05, 2015 Details
July 27, 2015 whbauer Clatsop County, Oregon, United States August 02, 2015 Details
July 26, 2015 whbauer Washington County, Oregon, United States July 29, 2015 Details
July 10, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States July 28, 2015 Details
May 18, 2015 woodisgood Latah County, Idaho, United States July 27, 2015 Details
June 10, 2015 Castle Hills Queen Ada County, Idaho, United States July 27, 2015 Details
July 02, 2015 Monica Szarvas Thurston County, Washington, United States July 24, 2015 Details
July 16, 2015 genevieveday Thurston County, Washington, United States July 24, 2015 Details
July 01, 2015 ita King County, Washington, United States July 22, 2015 Details
July 01, 2015 piazzag Pierce County, Washington, United States July 22, 2015 Details
July 02, 2015 Sue Orlowski Spokane County, Washington, United States July 11, 2015 Details
July 02, 2015 Sue Orlowski Spokane County, Washington, United States July 11, 2015 Details
July 06, 2015 chrisbenston26 Pierce County, Washington, United States July 11, 2015 Details
July 06, 2015 joannireland@gmail.com King County, Washington, United States July 11, 2015 Details
June 19, 2015 Glennie British Columbia, Canada July 10, 2015 Details
July 09, 2015 bhughes British Columbia, Canada July 10, 2015 Details
July 07, 2015 pdxgene711 Clackamas County, Oregon, United States July 08, 2015 Details
June 30, 2015 Wscott Snohomish County, Washington, United States July 07, 2015 Details
July 03, 2015 Mzteachuh San Bernardino County, California, United States July 04, 2015 Details
May 27, 2015 Sue Orlowski Sacramento County, California, United States July 01, 2015 Details
June 28, 2015 philohela Clark County, Nevada, United States June 28, 2015 Details
June 14, 2015 dirb72 Multnomah County, Oregon, United States June 15, 2015 Details
June 07, 2015 N Weasel Santa Clara County, California, United States June 11, 2015 Details
June 07, 2015 Linda Fink Yamhill County, Oregon, United States June 08, 2015 Details
April 26, 2015 Nancy Asquith Contra Costa County, California, United States June 05, 2015 Details
May 27, 2015 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States May 30, 2015 Details
April 11, 2015 MAKI Ventura County, California, United States April 13, 2015 Details
March 20, 2015 Ralph S. Carlson Los Angeles County, California, United States March 23, 2015 Details
March 01, 2015 The_Battus_philenor Butte County, California, United States March 09, 2015 Details
February 26, 2015 Malisa_Serena_Catherine Los Angeles County, California, United States February 27, 2015 Details
April 30, 2014 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 26, 2014 Details
August 18, 2014 Bixia Santa Clara County, California, United States September 08, 2014 Details
February 14, 2011 Robert Gorman Riverside County, California, United States September 01, 2014 Details
July 17, 2014 mathgeek British Columbia, Canada August 24, 2014 Details
August 21, 2014 Ralph S. Carlson Los Angeles County, California, United States August 23, 2014 Details
July 25, 2014 mgiffen Modoc County, California, United States August 10, 2014 Details
August 03, 2014 Sierraofla@aol.com Alameda County, California, United States August 06, 2014 Details
July 25, 2014 MAKI Ventura County, California, United States July 30, 2014 Details
July 10, 2014 Mogalicous Thurston County, Washington, United States July 24, 2014 Details
July 18, 2014 chelseahecox Pierce County, Washington, United States July 24, 2014 Details
July 15, 2014 Sue Orlowski Spokane County, Washington, United States July 22, 2014 Details
June 07, 2014 JDreimiller Snohomish County, Washington, United States July 15, 2014 Details
July 02, 2014 kniama07 Thurston County, Washington, United States July 14, 2014 Details
July 11, 2014 jukebox junction Pierce County, Washington, United States July 14, 2014 Details
July 01, 2014 adakaia Thurston County, Washington, United States July 10, 2014 Details
June 29, 2014 Bixia Santa Clara County, California, United States July 07, 2014 Details
June 24, 2014 LibbyMegna Albany County, Wyoming, United States July 01, 2014 Details