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
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Open wing - Donald Gudehus
Closed wing - Donald Gudehus