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Salvia Small Talk: A Bodacious Butterfly Name

Salvia Small Talk: A Bodacious Butterfly Name

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Synopsis: You may have better luck finding the Two-tailed Tiger Swallowtail among your Salvias than pronouncing its many long names.
Sometimes the smallest of creatures have the longest of names. That is the case with the elegant yellow and black Two-tailed Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudata), which visits many sites from South America to Canada. It was known to the Aztecs as Xochiquetzalpapalotl. In Germany, it is commonly known as Vielgeschwänzter Schwalbenschwanz. In France, its common name is Machaon de tigre filé de jumeau. Swallowtails love flower nectar. You may find yourself feeding this beauty with the bodaciously long names if you plant lots of nectar-rich Lilac, Milkweed and Salvia – the kind with shallow-throated blossoms – as well as hop tree (Ptelea) and chokecherry (Prunus) for its caterpillars.
Plants Mentioned in this Article

Salvia azurea

Salvia azurea

Salvia carnea

Salvia carnea