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Pupa - Papilio rutulus

Pupa - Papilio rutulus
Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
December 24, 2007
Size: 2cm
Found in Chinatown on a Japanese Cherry.

Something like a Western Tiger Swallowtail?

Could definitely be that! It
Could definitely be that! It was right outside a vegetable shop, so there is a chance it could be an import as well, but I doubt it.
Should I place it on the species page?

Papilio rutulus rutulus
Since you found the pupa attached to the Prunus trunk, it is very likely that the larva fed on its leaves in the summer. The only candidate that feeds on a Prunus species and is found on the Coast and Vancouver Island is Papilio rutulus rutulus (Western Tiger Swallowtail). Another option would be Papilio eurymedon, but this species is not found in residential areas. Nice image of the green morph!

Hopefully someone like Hannah
or Alan will answer that for you. They have both worked with raising butterflies and know much more than we. We only know that we're close!

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