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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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