Butterfly Listing by Latin 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.

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