Oregon Swallowtail Butterfly

Oregon State Insect


Oregon swallowtail butterfly

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

Oregon Swallowtail Butterfly

The Oregon swallowtail butterfly (Papilio oregonius) was designated as Oregon’s official state insect in 1979. 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.



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

Oregon swallowtail butterfly postage stamp


Butterflies of the Metolius