Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

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Name: Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
Species: Papilio canadensis
Native to: All Canadian Provinces and Northern U.S. States
Date Seen: June 2013
Location: Southern Alberta
Notes: Large (53mm to 80mm; 2.07in to 3.12in) bright Butterflies with a furry black and yellow body.

5 thoughts on “Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

  1. I love Tiger Swallowtails – I miss having the butterfly garden as I used to get a lot of them and the Red Admirals as well. There is a women not far from where I live and her backyard is a Monarch Way Station. She has a beautiful yard in a residential neighborhood. Every year she hosts a view of her backyard and the price of admission is a donation that goes to local animal shelters. The donation is not money, but helping to fulfill the needs on the shelters’ want lists (paper towels, paper plates, pet food or treats). This year, instead of doing the ‘Open Butterfly Garden” around Labor Day, she is doing two viewings, one on July 14th for all butterflies and one in September just for Monarchs. Last time I went it was overcast so not too many butterflies. I’m hoping it is better weather this time (although stringing more than a few days together without rain has become a real challenge these days).


    1. How lucky you are to live near such a wonderful resource! Hope the two viewings are good photo days for you!
      I’ve only ever seen one lone Monarch butterfly in my Alberta yard. It was one of the most exciting bug sightings ever!
      When I started this Swallowtail post, I had two sets of photos that I thought were Canadian Tigers. Then I realized that one of the sets was indeed a Swallowtail, but not a Tiger. I’ll post them next week!

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      1. I’ll look forward to seeing them. I hope the weather is good as well. Here is the post showing Verne Felty’s yard and I really like that the donation goes directly to shelters. The place was packed … she has mulch pathways to walk and the rest is pretty much wall-to-wall flowers. And this time I’ll have the DSLR and long lens. I was using a compact digital last time. I was at the Park last Fall and an explosion of Monarchs came out of a bush – I could not believe my eyes and it was fairly cool that morning, so I guess they were headed on their migration. A few of them alighted in a tree, then went on their way. Some things in nature, like that, or the Mute Swan climbing up and standing there for 90 seconds make me think “did I really just see that?”


  2. Capture a lot of these butterflies in my camera lens every summer – they are so beautiful.


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