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Giant Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio cresphontes)

by Trevor E Holewinski

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly
( Papilio cresphontes)

The Gigantic Swallowtail.

This beauty can be located throughout much of the USA, however is specifically usual in the.

It can be seen throughout the year in warmer regions as well as from spring to drop in cooler areas.

It has the difference of being known as much for its larvae (called orange canines) as for the grown-up butterflies.

The larvae can be well-known bugs on citrus plants, specifically orange trees.

This is useful information for butterfly gardeners that intend to attract this titan.

Titan Swallowtail Butterflies are biggest varieties of butterfly in. Wingspans can reach 7.5 inches (19 cm). Seeing one is something you bear in mind for a lifetime.

The top side of the butterfly is primarily black, a brilliant yellow bar stretches throughout the forewing idea to pointer. A second diagonal band on each wings crosses it.

The striking pattern is visible when the wings are relaxing level. The shade of the under wing is mainly yellow, as a black band goes across the center of the wing and is marked with light blue crescents.

A rusty/red patch beings in the facility wing. A orange and blue eyespot beings in the inner hind-wing.

Giant Swallowtail Description:

This species of Swallowtail is black over with yellow wing spots.

It is primarily yellow listed below, with black veins and also margins.

From wing idea to wing tip this big butterfly can determine 3 and also 5/8 inches to 5 and also 1/2 inches making it our biggest swallowtail.


This varieties often visits numerous open areas, including parks, orchards as well as gardens.


A lengthy, high, lilting trip pattern characterizes this species of Swallowtail. Just like various other swallowtails, men patrol in search of females all set to mate.

Males will certainly likewise see mud puddles as well as standing water, absorbing dampness and also nutrients.

Larvae as well as host plants:

Different types of citrus trees, particularly orange trees, are the major host for the larvae. Larvae are brownish with multicolor white spots, especially on the back side.

At a quick look, it shows up to look like bird droppings. One of nature’s defenses versus predation.

Nectar plants:

Honeysuckle (Loniceria), azalea (Rhododendron), goldenrod (Solidago), citrus trees (Citrus sinensis).

Milkweed, Lantana, Butterfly, Zinnias, Sunflower, as well as many others will draw in the Titan.

Be sure to plant larval hosts with your bloomers to guarantee another crop of Swallowtails in your gardens.

It can commonly be found in woodland areas as well as domestic gardens.

And also put on’t forget a mud pool, you may enjoy a Giant Swallowtail churchgoers at the bar in a manner of speaking.

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