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Eastern Giant Swallowtail

Papilio cresphontes


Large black and yellow butterfly. Its tail is edged in black and has a yellow center. It also has some orange an blue markings. It is one of the largest butterflies in North America with a wingspan reaching up to 4-6 1/4 inches. Ref:


Habitat: woodlands, deciduous forests, rocky/sandy hillsides, near streams, citrus groves, and urban areas. Diet: Adults feed from a variety of sources including lantana, azalea, Japanese honeysuckle, and swamp milkweed.


We saw this guy feeding from a lantana plant in our school garden. It stayed for quite awhile. Fun Facts: 1. Females lay single eggs on host plants (citrus trees/herbs) . 2. The larva of this species is referred to as orange dog or orange puppy. 3. The larva can emit a foul odor as a defense mechanism. Ref:

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1 Comment

Tukup a week ago

Nice Dawn. Hard to get them to open their wings isn't it :-) Thanks for sharing.Beautiful.

San Antonio, Texas, USA

Lat: 29.42, Long: -98.46

Spotted on Oct 8, 2019
Submitted on Nov 15, 2019

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