Parnassian and Swallowtail Butterflies (Papilionidae)
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There are two subfamilies in the family Papilionidae, the Parnassians (Parnassiinae) and the Swallowtails (Papilioninae). The Parnassians (Parnassiinae) are recognized by their dark, heavy body and their pale colors overall. The wings are translucent. These are butterflies of high mountains and the far north. The Swallowtails (Papilionidae) are recognized by their large size, bright colors, and narrow tail projections on the trailing edge of the hindwing.

Clodius Parnassian (Parnassius clodius) Parnassiinae Clodius Parnassian (Parnassius clodius)
swallowtail Papilioninae Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)
swallowtail Papilioninae Old World Swallowtail (Papilio machaon)
Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) Papilioninae Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)
Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) Papilioninae Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus)
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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