Butterflies and Moths of Southern Vancouver Island--Jeremy B. Tatum



Parnassius clodius

Clodius Parnassian


Three Parnassians are known from North America, of which two are recorded from Vancouver Island, but I have found only clodius in the small area of southern Vancouver Island covered by this series. The caterpillar feeds on Bleeding Heart Dicentra formosa. Winter is spent as a caterpillar. It has the mothlike habit, unusual for a butterfly, of pupating in the ground in a fairly substantial silk cocoon.

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