Oregon Swallowtail Butterfly

Oregon State Insect


 Oregon swallowtail butterfly (Papilio machaon oregonius)

Oregon Swallowtail (Papilio machaon oregonius); official state butterfly of Oregon.  Photo by Skip Russell/Flickr (Noncommercial Use Permitted with Attribution/No Derivative Works).

Official State Insect of Oregon

The Oregon swallowtail butterfly (Papilio oregonius) was designated the official state insect of Oregon in 1979. All State Insects

This strikingly beautiful butterfly is a true native of the Northwest. The Oregon Swallowtail butterfly can be seen in the lower sagebrush canyons of the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Snake River drainage area.



U.S. postage stamp commemorating the Oregon swallowtail butterfly (issued in June, 1977); public domain image on Wikipedia

Oregon swallowtail butterfly postage stamp

Photo © Fred Bentler / Oregon swallowtail butterfly (all rights reserved; used by permission).

Oregon swallowtail butterfly

Oregon swallowtail butterfly; Papilio macaon oregonius.  Photo by Alan Schmierer/Flickr (public domain image).

Oregon swallowtail butterfly, official state butterfly of Oregon


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