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Pale swallowtail, Papilio eurymedon

The Pale swallowtail is similar to the Western tiger swallowtail but lighter in color.
Host plants include members of the Rose family including Prunus, Malus, Holodiscus, and  Crataegus. Also the Rhamnaceae family , including Ceanothus, Rhamnus, and the Betulacea family, including Betula and Alnus.

Flowers used by the adult swallowtail butterfly.

The adult swallowtail butterfly feeds on Monardella species, Sages and Columbines and other native flowers.

The Pale Swallowtail, Papilio eurymedon or Western Tiger Swallowtail, Papillo rutulus, only his mother knows - grid24_24
The creamy butter yellow fades as the Pale Swallowtail gets older. This Pale Swallowtail is on a Show Milkweed, Asclepias speciosa
Pale Swallowtail, Papilio palamedes on a Salvia clevelandii Alpine - grid24_24
A side view of a young Pale Swallowtail on a
Salvia clevelandii Alpine
A Swallowtail with a bite out of it's wings sipping the flowers of Salvia pacyphylla, Rose sage. - grid24_24
A Pale Swallowtail on a Rose sage, Salvia pachyphylla