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Photo#79055
Swallowtail - Papilio eurymedon

Swallowtail - Papilio eurymedon
Lake Country (Winfield), Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
September 21, 2006
Pretty sure I've put this fella/flicka in the right place. Even though it's a different colour. My daughters found it crawling across the road on their way home from school and rescued it from a ignomious death. After checking here and Googling, am betting that the colour difference is just because it was ready to pupate and that it was trekking out to try and get as far away as possible from its host plant so as not to be easy picking for predators.

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Swallowtail - Papilio eurymedon Western Tiger Swallowtail - Papilio eurymedon Western Tiger Swallowtail - horns - Papilio eurymedon Western Tiger Swallowtail - building loop to hold chrysalid - Papilio eurymedon Western Tiger Swallowtail - building loop to hold chrysalid - Papilio eurymedon Western Tiger Swallowtail - building loop to hold chrysalid - Papilio eurymedon Western Tiger Swallowtail - Papilio eurymedon

Papilio eurymedon
A couple of clues here. One is the smaller size of the black "pupil" in the eye spot. Another is that the yellow spot isn't divided into two spots above the eye spot, just notched at the side. Both seem to be fairly constant differences.

I'm guessing it never emerged? Since we haven't got a shot of the adult here. Sometimes they wait a year or three to emerge though.

Moved from Western Tiger Swallowtail.

 
Correct
It has not emerged. I do still have it out on my deck though. I just couldn't throw it away ... just in case ... but I wasn't hopeful, but now that you've said about the year or three ... maybe next year will be the year it decides to come out.

Western Swallowtail as opposed to all the other swallowtails?
Here's hoping that I've put these photos in the right place.

... and a question for all you more knowledgable out there - - - the first 3 photos are from Thurs Sept 21, next 3 from Fri Sept 22, and today Sat Sept 23 I've been keeping an eagle eye on our little friend for any movement as a precursor to him/her shedding skin for the final pupa/chyrsalid stage - - - any helpful insights as to how long we should expect to be kept waiting for that caterpillar skin shedding to the chyrsalid stage?

 
Good question
if you see the discussion on the green one (below), Pale Tiger is also a possibility in your area. I hope you get an adult to confirm the ID. You may find yourself overwintering this one, which is the hardest part of raising butterflies.


 
Overwintering
We have it safely ensconed on the porch for the winter. See you next spring :)

 
Spring has turned to summer ...
Well, spring has turned to summer and nothing happened. Have seen swallowtails flying around in my yard so I guess that glass base over winter was just too cold for it. :(

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