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State Butterfly Oregon Swallowtail
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State Butterfly Oregon Swallowtail
In 1979, the Legislature designated the Oregon Swallowtail (Papilio oregonius) as the Oregon state insect. A true native of the Northwest, the Oregon Swallowtail is at home in the lower sagebrush canyons of the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Snake River drainage. This strikingly beautiful butterfly has a wingspan of 2-1/2 to 3 inches and is bright yellow and black with a reddish-orange hindspot.