The western tiger swallowtail butterfly at the Upper rock Nature Reserve in Gibraltar

- Image ID: KM4578
The western tiger swallowtail butterfly at the Upper rock Nature Reserve in Gibraltar
DE ROCKER / Alamy Stock Photo
Image ID: KM4578
Papilio rutulus, the western tiger swallowtail, is a common swallowtail butterfly of western North America, frequently seen in urban parks and gardens, as well as in rural woodlands and riparian areas. It is a member of the Papilio genus, of which Papilio appalachiensis and Papilio xuthus are also members. It is a large, brightly colored and active butterfly, rarely seen at rest; its wingspan is 7 to 10 cm (3 to 4 in), and its wings are yellow with black stripes, and it has blue and orange spots near its tail. It has the "tails" on the hindwings that are often found in swallowtails.
Location: Upper Rock Nature Reserve, Rock of Gibraltar, British Overseas Territory, Gibraltar, Iberian Peninsu