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Swallowtail Butterfly Family Video

This magnificent family (Papilionidae) of large butterflies is loved by many, and includes more than 600 species worldwide. Fewer than 30 specifies live in North America.

Most (not all) of these large, brightly colored butterflies feature tails on their hind wings.  These tail-like appendages resemble the tails of swallow family of birds, hence their name.

This video showcases the more common Swallowtails found in North America.

It runs for about 4 minutes, so sit back and enjoy ... and turn up your volume for some easy-listening music!

Like all YouTube videos, you can click to run it full screen, and mute the music if you like.

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