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Giant Swallowtail Butterfly

Papilio cresphontes





Citrus trees are favored by the caterpillar of the giant swallowtail.  This one was found on the tangelo tree in my yard while I was harvesting fruit near the top.

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly, Papilio cresphontes A dirty bird left his mark on a leaf?  A closer look shows that the caterpillar, known as an "orange dog" in some parts of the country, is eating the edge of the leaf.






Giant Swallowtail Butterfly, Papilio cresphontes Here is a size clue.








Giant Swallowtail Butterfly, Papilio cresphontes The caterpillar has attached its tail end to the branch.  Look carefully at this picture. Do you see the silk safety belt used to keep it head end up?







Giant Swallowtail Butterfly, Papilio cresphontes   Here is the chrysalis, pupa, as it will appear for some weeks.








Giant Swallowtail Butterfly, Papilio cresphontesHere is the under side of the wings of the recently emerged  butterfly.








Giant Swallowtail Butterfly, Papilio cresphontesThe adult giant swallowtail ready to fly.






Giant Swallowtail Butterfly, Papilio cresphontesA female giant swallowtail laying an egg on a leaf of my tangelo tree.






Giant Swallowtail Butterfly, Papilio cresphontesThe white sphere is the egg of the giant swallowtail.






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