Anise Swallowtail Butterfly

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Name: Anise Swallowtail Butterfly
Species: Papilio zelicaon
Native to: Western North America
Date Seen: May 2012
Location: Southern Alberta
Notes: A large butterfly – 52 to 80 mm (2.0 to 3.1 in) similar in color to the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly – except quite different when you look more carefully!

5 thoughts on “Anise Swallowtail Butterfly

  1. That little dab of color that looks like a color wheel certainly set your Anise Swallowtail apart from our Tiger Swallowtail. Poor thing lost the right tip of its wing.


      1. It amazes me sometimes – I get home and on the screen I see a butterfly’s torn wing, but never noticed when taking the photo.


  2. Even with the broken wing, it’s a beauty and still very angelic. It’s interesting to me how damaged a butterfly wing can be and them still fly. Truly a marvel.


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