from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of butterflies, founded by Latreille in 1805, type of the subfamily Parnassiinœ.


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  • When seeking protective cover or when disturbed, the parnassius caterpillar will quickly scramble to hide in dry plant debris or under loose rock.

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  • And there, of course, you can expect to find photogenic parnassius caterpillars or, in season, the beginning of summer, the adult parnassian butterflies.

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  • It is hard for me to imagine that parnassius caterpillars are waiting for summer to come while under five metres of snow.

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