Two-Tailed Swallowtail Butterfly   Leave a comment

Two-tailed Swallowtail-72Two-Tailed Swallowtail Butterfly — Image by kenne

Beauty and size make the two-tailed swallowtail butterfly (Papilio multicaudata)  an impressive specimen with a nearly five-inch wingspan and a body that approaches two inches in length. So impressive that is was designated the Arizona state butterfly in 2001.

Near the top of the yellow wings are 4 markings of almost parallel black lines. The posterior portion of the wings holds blue dots surrounded by black markings that curve to form a “w” shape when the wings are open. Below these dots are more rectangular shaped orange bars emblazoned into the dark outline of the wing.

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