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Pale Swallowtail

Hat Point Rd, Wallowa Co,  June 25


Papilio eurymedon

Size: 2.75 - 3.25 inches wingspan

Key ID features:  Above pale, yellowish white with vertical bands of black on forewing, long single tails, blue chevrons on black band near hindwing margin. Similar pattern below, with red-orange shading in ivory marginal spots near the tail.

Similar species:  Western Tiger Swallowtail is brighter yellow and has slightly narrower black bands on forewing 


Host plant: Many shrubs and small trees including ceanothus, alder, cascara, and buckthorn.

Habitat: Can be found in any forest or shrubby habitat, and especially on ridges, along roads and in riparian corridors

Range: Throughout western Oregon, and in Ochoco Mtns, Strawberry Mtns, Blue Mtns, Wallowa Mtns.

Season: Mid-April - early October

Abundance: Common


Conservation Status: Secure

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