Western Tiger Swallowtail on a Western Wallflower

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  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Lepidoptera
  • Family: Papilionidae
  • Genus: Papilio
  • Species: P. rutulus

ARTIST'S NOTES

This illustration of a Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) on a Western Wallflower (Erysimum capitatum) was completed on October 20, 2017. The drawing is based on a photo I took on Mt. Waterman in the San Gabriel Mountains of the Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles County, California earlier in the year. 

INFORMATION ABOUT WESTERN TIGER SWALLOWTAIL

The Western Tiger Swallowtail is a common butterfly of western North America. Its wingspan is 3 to 4 inches (7 to 10 cm). The adults feature yellow wings with black stripes and blue and orange spots near the tail. They are found in a wide variety of habitats, including forests, meadows, riparian areas, parks, and urban gardens. It's eastern counterpart, the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (P. glaucus), is similar in appearance and habits.

  • Habitat: The Western Tiger Swallowtail is found in a wide range of habitats, including forests, riparian areas, meadows, parks, and urban gardens.
  • Food: The caterpillars feed on a variety of trees, including cottonwood, willow, and quaking aspen. Adults nectar on a variety of flowers, including the western wallflower in this image. 
  • Reproduction: Eggs are laid singly on the underside of leaves, with the caterpillars emerging approximately four days later. They molt five times before pupating, and can emerge as adults as soon as 15 days after pupating. 
  • Conservation Status: NatureServe Global Status - G5 (Secure), IUCN Red List - N/A
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ORIGINAL IMAGE SIZE

6 inches X 8 inches

MATERIALS

  • Pen and ink on paper (Staedtler pigment liner on Strathmore medium drawing paper)
  • Colored in Corel Painter Essentials 5.

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