Swallowtails Archives · Leighton Photography & Imaging

Largest and showiest of the butterflies, the swallowtails (Papilionidae family) are unmistakable. Often with vividly bright colors, beautiful patterns and forked tails, they are often seen frantically beating their wings while feeding on flower nectar, filtering minerals out of mud or animal excrement, and are found on every continent of the world except for Antarctica.