© 2018-19 by Neil Henning Björklund

Metolius River, Jefferson Co,  June 26

Pale

Swallowtail

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