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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July 25, 2016 Mzteachuh San Bernardino County, California, United States July 26, 2016 Details
June 28, 2016 ncrosbyrd Placer County, California, United States July 25, 2016 Details
July 20, 2016 Renas Butterflies Sacramento County, California, United States July 21, 2016 Details
June 10, 2016 Dramage British Columbia, Canada July 19, 2016 Details
July 14, 2016 Vickie Clark County, Washington, United States July 19, 2016 Details
July 15, 2016 HawkL1313 Kittitas County, Washington, United States July 16, 2016 Details
June 25, 2016 Mzteachuh San Bernardino County, California, United States June 26, 2016 Details
June 19, 2016 diwalks2 San Bernardino County, California, United States June 22, 2016 Details
June 11, 2016 PDunwiddie Larimer County, Colorado, United States June 19, 2016 Details
June 12, 2016 MAKI Marion County, Oregon, United States June 18, 2016 Details
June 16, 2016 Mzteachuh San Bernardino County, California, United States June 18, 2016 Details
April 09, 2015 alallen81 Contra Costa County, California, United States June 11, 2016 Details
June 01, 2016 benphalan Benton County, Oregon, United States June 03, 2016 Details
June 01, 2016 Cactuswind Alameda County, California, United States June 02, 2016 Details
May 29, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States May 30, 2016 Details
August 23, 2015 BCBirdman British Columbia, Canada May 28, 2016 Details
May 26, 2016 RichHubie Mendocino County, California, United States May 28, 2016 Details
May 14, 2016 Sue Orlowski Lincoln County, Washington, United States May 24, 2016 Details
June 16, 2015 Lepidopteron Alameda County, California, United States May 23, 2016 Details
April 13, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States April 17, 2016 Details
March 08, 2016 dabidaloca Kern County, California, United States March 16, 2016 Details
March 02, 2016 Renas Butterflies Sacramento County, California, United States March 04, 2016 Details
June 13, 2015 4oclockwatch San Juan County, Washington, United States February 25, 2016 Details
June 15, 2015 ncrosbyrd Ouray County, Colorado, United States February 12, 2016 Details
June 23, 2015 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 24, 2015 Details
August 28, 2015 lgroovy7735 Denver County, Colorado, United States November 13, 2015 Details
July 14, 2015 Boudicca British Columbia, Canada October 19, 2015 Details
September 18, 2015 Mzteachuh San Bernardino County, California, United States September 19, 2015 Details
June 19, 2015 ncrosbyrd Gunnison County, Colorado, United States September 18, 2015 Details
July 02, 2015 ncrosbyrd Gunnison County, Colorado, United States September 15, 2015 Details
June 17, 2015 Robert Epstein Summit County, Colorado, United States September 14, 2015 Details
September 07, 2015 Finnagan Clallam County, Washington, United States September 09, 2015 Details
June 13, 2015 RoxannaTessman Jackson County, Oregon, United States September 08, 2015 Details
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