The Swallowtail butterflies are a family of large and multicolored butterflies, which includes over 550 species.
Although most live tropical and temperate latitudes, others are present on every continent (except Antarctica).
Some of these, in particular of the genus Parnassius, can fly at considerable heights.
The larvae are almost always very colorful, with, in some cases, organs of defense and particular repugnatorial and flexible (osmeterium).
The family includes the largest butterflies in the world, the genus Ornithoptera.