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Tiger Swallowtail

Papilio Canadensis
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Habitat: The Tiger Swallowtail can be found throughout Alberta from mid-May to July.  They can most likely be found on hill tops that are covered my Aspen Poplars but they are also frequently seen in urban settings visiting gardens.

Description: A yellow and black butterfly, it can be recognised by the black stripes crossing yellow wings, and of course the small tail coming off the back of each hind wing that is characteristic of most Swallowtails.

Size: 85-100 mm

Diet: In cities they prefer lilacs and dandelions but will feed on almost anything.  They are even attracted to the smell of dung and carrion!

Fun Facts: They have developed a bad habitat and are attracted to certain kinds of tobacco smoke!

Source:

Acorn, John. Butterflies of Alberta. Edmonton: Lone Pine Publishing, 1993. Print

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Fairybells
Disporum trachycarpum

Habitat: The Fairybell is common throughout the wooded areas of Alberta from May-June preferring the nice, damp soil.

Description: Greenish-white bell-like flowers hang down and droop from slender stalks and are usually covered by their leaves.  The leaves are long and range from ovate to oblong.  They only flower for a short time but the orange-red berries they produce take the whole summer...

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