Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1310445

Western Giant Swallowtail
Papilio rumiko

Observation date: September 04, 2021
Date notes: Very warm, dry, and sunny September 4th, 2021 morning 10:00 AM.
Submitted by: sloffler
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Yellow and Black swallowtail feeding on Plumbago flowers in Spring Valley, California. Does NOT appear to be tiger swallowtail.
Status: Resident
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: September 04, 2021
Coordinator notes: This is actually the Southwestern Giant Swallowtail (Papilio rumiko) found to be a different species than cresphontes using genomic analysis of DNA and genes. The real Papilio cresphontes are in east Texas eastward and east of New Mexico. BAMONA has not yet updated its names list.-Ken Davenport
Checklist region(s): United States, California, San Diego County