Swallowtail butterfly

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Swallowtail butterfly
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Western Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio rutulus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Suborder: Ditrysia
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Papilionidae
Latreille, 1802
Type species
Papilio machaon
Subfamilies and genera

There are 26 genera and about 605 species:

Swallowtail butterflies are large, colorful butterflies which form the family Papilionidae. There are at least 550 species, and though the majority are tropical, members of the family are found on all continents except Antarctica. The family includes the largest butterflies in the world, the birdwing butterflies of Australia (genus Ornithoptera).[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Reed, Robert D. and Sperling, Felix A. H. 2006. Papilionidae. The Swallowtail Butterflies. Version 7 July 2006. [1] in The Tree of Life Web Project, [2]