Indra Swallowtail

Papilio indra (Reakirt, 1866)

Family: Papilionidae

Status: Uncommon/rare local resident

NENHP Ranking: S1S2, Tier 2

Range: Inhabits mountainous regions of the western United States from northern Washington and Idaho south to southern California and east to extreme western South Dakota and Nebraska. In Nebraska it is restricted to a few Pine Ridge escarpments in extreme western Nebraska.

Broods/Flight Times: Double brooded in Nebraska with flight peaking in late May/early June and late July/early August.

Larval Hostplant(s): Threadleaf Musineon (Musineon tenuifolium).

Habitat: In Nebraska Indra Swallowtails inhabit steep canyonlands where females lay eggs on hostplants growing on the side of or atop rocky escarpments.

Found at: Gilbert-Baker SWMA, Fort Robinson State Park

Overwintering: In the pupal stage.

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Indra Swallowtails (mating pair), Photo by Matthew Brust
Indra Swallowtail – dorsal
Indra Swallowtail – ventral

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