Papilio indra

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Indra Swallowtail
Grand Canyon Swallowtail (Papilio indra kaibabensis) female
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Papilionidae
Genus:Papilio
Species:P. indra
Binomial name
Papilio indra
Reakirt, 1866
 
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Indra Swallowtail
Grand Canyon Swallowtail (Papilio indra kaibabensis) female
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Papilionidae
Genus:Papilio
Species:P. indra
Binomial name
Papilio indra
Reakirt, 1866

The Indra Swallowtail, Short-tailed Black Swallowtail, or Cliff Swallowtail (Papilio indra) is a western North American butterfly in the family Papilionidae.

Description[edit]

The Indra Swallowtail is black swallowtail similar in coloration to the Black Swallowtail and the Short-tailed Swallowtail. It has very short tails and has dark blue crescents on the topside of the hindwing.[1]

Habitat[edit]

This butterfly may be found in rugged, arid, or mountainous countrysides.[1][2]

Flight[edit]

The Indra Swallowtail has one brood and is on the wing in spring in southern or lower altitudes but early summer in northern or higher altitudes.[1]

Subspecies[edit]

Listed alphabetically.[3]

There is an as-yet unnamed subspecies that has been referred to as "bonnevillensis" by some and as the "Utah-West Desert segregate" by others.

Food plants[edit]

Parsley family.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Jim P. Brock and Kenn Kaufman (2003). Butterflies of North America. Houghton Mifflin, New York, NY. ISBN 0-618-15312-8
  2. ^ a b Indra Swallowtail, Butterflies of Canada.
  3. ^ Papilio, funet.fi