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- n. Any of numerous species of butterfly in the genus Parnassius.
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When the stonecrops bloom, parnassian butterflies are on the wing.
And there, of course, you can expect to find photogenic parnassius caterpillars or, in season, the beginning of summer, the adult parnassian butterflies.
Strobeen’s parnassian butterfly, a redwood subspecies of Parnassius clodius, disappeared 33 years ago from former redwood habitats of the Santa Cruz Mountains. due to the loss of its host plant (Dicentra spp.) from fire and timber management practices.