Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies

Papilio canadensis

These northernmost Swallowtails have been here for awhile, feeding on dandelions and waiting for the lilacs to bloom.

Interesting Facts:
  • First named in 1906
  • Initially considered a subspecies of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
  • They produce only one generation per year
  • Can be seen from mid-May to July
  • Northerly range: Arctic Circle in the Yukon; central Alaska (Fairbanks); Churchill, Manitoba; Little Shagamu River, Ontario (near Fort Severn) and Schefferville, Quebec.
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