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Color photo of Indra Swallowtail butterfly

Illinois River Rd, Josephine Co,  April 24


Papilio indra

Size: 2.25 - 2.5 inches wingspan

Key ID features:  Upperside mostly black with narrow band of yellow on forewing, stubby tails, blue patches on black band near hindwing margin.  Underside almost identical to upper side, with paler black.

Similar species:  Anise Swallowtail has much less black on forewing and longer tails. 


Host plant: Wild members of the parsley family.

Habitat: Dry canyons, riverbanks and roadsides, hilltops, rocky desert washes.

Range: Blue Mtns, northern portion of Cascade Mtns on east side, Steens Mtn, and Klamath Mtns. 

Season: Late March - mid-August

Abundance: Uncommon


Conservation Status: Secure

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