16 Beautiful Swallowtail Butterflies

Image: J.M.Garg

Crimson Rose Atrophaneura Hector

Swallowtail butterflies are one of the most beautiful of all butterflies and includes the incredible birdwings among their 550 species. They take their name from the the “forked tail” that some of them have on their hind wings. It is almost impossible to narrow down the most beautiful butterflies and even the swallowtails are difficult but we have given it an attempt. The top 16 are below.

Image: masaki ikeda

16. Asian Swallowtail

The Asian swallowtail is common throughout Asia and this image is a terrific example of its beauty. As you can see, it has black borders but on the hind wings there is an area of “blue eyeshadow” and some orange scales. The yellow is muted and that works perfectly against the other colors.