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Giant Swallowtail

Papilio cresphontes


An adult's wingspan is about 100–160 mm (3.9–6.3 in). The body and wings are dark brown to black with yellow bands. There is a yellow eyespot in each wing's tail. The abdomen has bands of yellow along with the previously mentioned brown. Adults are quite similar to the adults of another Papilio species, P. thoas.


At the Beach of the Caribbean Sea, near Chuspa, Miranda, Venezuela.


This was a very difficult butterfly to take pictures of!!! It flutters and flutters and flutters! It hardly stayed still for a second either flapping its wings or leaving for another flower! These were the best out of at least 60 pictures!!!

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Parroquia Caruao, Vargas, Venezuela

Lat: 10.62, Long: -66.32

Spotted on Jan 22, 2017
Submitted on Feb 4, 2017

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