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.
And there, of course, you can expect to find photogenic parnassius caterpillars or, in season, the beginning of summer, the adult parnassian butterflies.
It is hard for me to imagine that parnassius caterpillars are waiting for summer to come while under five metres of snow.