Here’s a western tiger swallowtail painting I did on a small wooden box.
Here’s one I saw on the High Desert Garden Tour a few years ago. The Western tiger swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, ranges throughout western North America.
The state insect in Oregon is the Oregon swallowtail butterfly, Papilio machaon oregonius. They have paler yellow coloring on their wings.
Would you like to attract butterflies to your garden? Here are a few things you can do, according to Gardeners.com:
- Choose plants that attract pollinators
- Limit, or eliminate, your use of pesticides
- Provide shelter for breeding and avoiding predators
- Provide water
- Consider keeping a beehive
For a good list of plants that attract butterflies, go to Attracting Butterflies, Hummingbirds and Other Pollinators.
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9 thoughts on “Western tiger swallowtail box & photo: First Friday Art”
Gorgeous painting you did on one of the premier butterflies we have access to here in the states.
Thanks, Brian! They are big and showy.
How lovely! …the art and the photos!!
Thank you, Lisa!
So clever to paint that beautiful butterfly and make a simple box look rather special 🙂
Thank you, Sarah! I used to sell them at craft shows.
I bet they sold well!
Beautiful. Hope we see some of these butterflies in our yard this year.
Thanks, Ralph. I hope we see some as well.