Species Page: Indra Swallowtail (Papilio indra)

Indra Swallowtail

Papilio indra Reakirt, 1866

Family: Papilionidae

Status: Uncommon/rare local resident

NENHP Ranking: S1S2, Tier2

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.

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

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

Overwintering: In the pupal stage.

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

Avg. Wingspan:  2 1/2 – 3 inches

Found at: Gilbert-Baker SWMA

Similar Species: None