Clodius Parnassian Butterfly

Clodius Parnassian Parnassius clodius

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I believe this is a male Clodius Parnassian. Females have a shiny black torso, and males have a fuzzy creamy torso. This individual would not be still! He was so hard to photograph. He skipped from flower to flower and led me on a merry chase. I was glad I got a few shots, but wish I had been able to get some better ones.

Lost Prairie, Linn County, Oregon

44.40366, -122.07507 A small prairie long the highway Santiam Highway between Corvalis and Sisters. It was very hot and dry.

July 15, 2023

Clodius Parnassian and 2 small native bees
male Parnassius clodius and small native bees
 Parnassius clodius nectaring on Penstemon
Clodius Parnassian nectaring on Penstemon
Clodius Parnassian Parnassius clodius nectaring on Penstemon
I’m not sure what type of Penstemon this Clodius Parnassian is on, but I saw it in bloom everywhere and popular with numerous species of butterflies
Clodius Parnassian nectaring on Penstemon
I love his yellow fuzzy head


  • Host plant is Dicentra – Bleeding Heart.
  • Antennae are entirely black vs Mountain Parnassian which have black and white striped antennae.
  • Look for females with large white sphragis (waxy white thing deposited by males to make sure no other males can mate with her)

I have also seen P. clodius in Washington, including several females.


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