Butterfly Listing by Common Name (Family Papilionidae)


This family contains the largest and some of the most recognizable of all California butterflies. There are about 600 species worldwide. The swallowtails (subfamily Papilioninae) usually have at least one set of long tails on the hindwings and have stripes of black and yellow or white. Our genera are Battus and Papilio. The parnassians (subfamily Parnassiinae), also sometimes called Apollos, lack tails and are ghostly transluscent white or yellow-white with black and red spots: not your typical swallowtail. Our two Parnassius species are the only California representatives of this relatively small group.

Papilio zelicaon Anise Swallowtail
Papilio zelicaon
Parnassius phoebus behrii Behr's Parnassian
Parnassius phoebus behrii
Parnassius clodius Clodius Parnassian
Parnassius clodius
Papilio indra Indra Swallowtail
Papilio indra
Papilio eurymedon Pale Swallowtail
Papilio eurymedon
Battus philenor Pipevine Swallowtail
Battus philenor
Papilio multicaudatus Two-Tailed Swallowtail
Papilio multicaudatus
Papilio rutulus Western Tiger Swallowtail
Papilio rutulus