JUNE BUGS: The Oregon Swallowtail Butterfly on Day 166 of 365 Days of Literacy for Kids!

Let’s have a little fun, a little learning and a little YIKES! today with the OREGON SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY:

The Oregon Swallowtail Butterfly

In 1979, the Oregon Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio oregonius) was designated the official Oregon State Insect.

That same year, this lovely butterfly was printed on a 13 cent U.S. Postage Stamp…

The Oregon Swallowtail Butterfly is a native of the Northwest.  It has a yellow body with black stripes and its wingspan is 2.5 – 4 inches.

The Oregon Swallowtail Butterfly lives where artemisia grows, near the Columbia River and its tributaries.  Artemisia dracunculus (wild tarragon) is the host plant for the Oregon Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar

Oregon Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar

The adult Oregon Swallowtail Butterfly “drinks” nectar from balsam root, purple sage and phlox.

I don’t think there is a YIKES! for this beautiful creature.  Do you?

Introduce your kids and grandkids to the Oregon Swallowtail Butterfly.  You may want to check out this website of State Insects to find your own state’s insect.  Kids love discovering interesting tidbits about their states. Go for it!

Join me each day in June for JUNE BUGS on 365 Days of Literacy for Kids! for a little fun, a little learning and a little YIKES! when there are YIKES!

 

 

 

 

JUNE BUGS: The Oregon Swallowtail Butterfly on Day 166 of 365 Days of Literacy for Kids! was last modified: June 15th, 2011 by Sharon Couto
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JUNE BUGS: The Oregon Swallowtail Butterfly on Day 166 of 365 Days of Literacy for Kids! was last modified: June 15th, 2011 by Sharon Couto