Photo of Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Western Tiger SwallowtailEnlarge

Western Tiger Swallowtail Image
Closed wingEnlarge

Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus)

The Western Tiger Swallowtail is a common butterfly in the Western U.S., closely resembling its counterpart, the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.

It is a striking butterfly, with impressive large yellow and black wings, and spots of blue and orange near its tail.

The adults feed on nectar from a variety of plants so if you live in the West, keep your eyes open for this beautiful and popular butterfly in your own garden.

Family: Swallowtail (Papilionidae)

Subfamily: Swallowtail (Papilioninae)

Average Wingspan: 2 3/4" - 4"

Habitat: Open woodlands, streams, river banks, canyons

Similar To: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Plants That Attract This Butterfly

* May not be available for purchase at your local nursery.

Note: Always check a plant's Hardiness Zone to make sure it will grow in your area. (What Is My Hardiness Zone?)

Where To Buy Plants

Butterfly Flight Range Map

Western Tiger Swallowtail Flight Range Map

Photo Credits:
Open wing - Donald Gudehus
Closed wing - Donald Gudehus

Shop for Gifts & Supplies

{literal} {/literal}