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Eastern Giant Swallowtail

Papilio cresphontes


This was probably the most convincing camouflage I have seen in a long time. It really did just look like a little stick protruding from the tree. This was an overwinter chrysalis and did not emerge until the end of February.


Orange tree in a suburban yard


I often find the eggs and caterpillars on this tree, but I rarely find the chrysalis because many caterpillars get eaten by wasps or other predatory insects. Spotting of eggs: and spotting of caterpillars:

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Florida, USA

Spotted on Dec 30, 2018
Submitted on Apr 1, 2019

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