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1. any of various butterflies of the genus Papilio and related genera, esp P. machaon of Europe, having a tail-like extension of each hind wing: family Papilionidae
2. the forked tail of a swallow or similar bird



(Papilio machaon) a butterfly of the family Papilionidae. The swallowtail is yellow with black markings. Its wingspread reaches 9 cm. It is found in Europe and the temperate regions of Asia and northern Africa, emerging at the beginning of summer and, in southern regions, at the end of summer (the second generation). It winters in the pupal stage. The caterpillar is green with black cross stripes and orange-yellow spots. It develops on plants of the families Umbelliferae and Rutaceae. It feeds on carrots, but damage is usually insignificant.

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In contrast the conductor wore knee breeches, silk stockings and brown, swallow-tailed coat.
Among the members of the family Trochilidae, the swallow-tailed hummingbird Eupetomena macroura attracts a lot of attention because of its length of 18 cm, its long bifurcated tail, and its aggressive territorial behavior (Morales, 2003; Pizo and Silva, 2001).
The Mississippi kite and the swallow-tailed kite sweep the Southeastern skies snatching grasshoppers, dragonflies and cicadas in mid air.
Other migratory birds known to frequent traditional coffee farms include the ovenbird, wood thrush, Baltimore oriole, ruby-throated and buff-bellied hummingbirds, swallow-tailed kite, Kentucky warbler, hermit warbler, painted bunting, greater pewee, chuck-will's-widow and short-tailed hawk.
* The Industry Cooperator Award was given to the Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI) for its contribution to the Swallow-tailed Kite Project.
In summer, perhaps attracted by the night's sweet Aspen mist, the Swallow-tailed Butterfly flits in and out of the foliage, some of which is now showing the gray trails of an almost microscopic insect, the Poplar Leaf Miner that earns its living excavating chlorophyll from the top surface of Aspen foliage.
During my short drive I saw red-shouldered hawks, northern caracara, swallow-tailed kites, burrowing owls, and loggerhead shrikes.
The birdlife is exceptional with over 520 species recorded, including the maguari stork, harpy eagle, rare red-throated piping-guan, swallow-tailed hummingbird, concolored woodcreeper, and aplomado falcon.
In the case of swallow-tailed kites that breed in Florida, their migration route and ultimate destination were unknown until 1996, when biologist Ken Meyer of the Avian Research and Conservation Institute in Gainesville first deployed PTTs on seven birds and tracked their 5,000- mile journey through Central America and onward to southeastern Brazil.
According to Guidon Partners, it was founded by leaders in health care services and derives its name from a small, swallow-tailed flag that serves to rally the troops and signifies leadership.
You drive past a swamp with road signs warning of Crocodiles Crossing, then there's the man-made marvel of the Seven Mile Bridge - where you drive with turquoise sea all around you and huge white egrets and swallow-tailed kites circling overhead.