Santa Clarita and Northern Los Angeles County Area
Panamint Indra Swallowtail [Papilio indra panamintensis] Adult Insect Images
Butterfly and Moth Site
The Panamint Swallowtail is found predominately inside the protected Death Valley National Monument area of Eastern California. Although there are rumored to be a few places to collect it outside of the park boundaies, legally-collected specimens are quite rare. Intergrade indra
populations with nearly 100% panamintansis genes may also be found in mountain ranges near the preserve. Unfortunately, poached specimens are said to ocassionally turn-up for sale on international black markets.
Considering the scarcity of legal specimens, I consider myself fortunate to take these photos of Papilio indra panamintensis from the L.A. Natural History Museum's collection...
Click here for more images of the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History's collection.