Giant Sequoia National Monument Butterfly Count
29 June 2014
Cropped action shot; nectaring & moving quickly.
The strips are crazy huge in the Alpine forms of this species...
Pale swallowtail. Western swallowtail is also present here, but appears less common.
The Pale Swallowtail or Pallid Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon) is a relatively common swallowtail butterfly found throughout much of the western United States. It is found on the Pacific coast from northern Baja California to southernmost British Columbia and inland to New Mexico and the Black Hills of South Dakota. It is present from the coast to western Montana and Wyoming to northern New Mexico. It is absent from most of Nevada and western Utah. It prefers...