Giant Swallowtail Butterfly

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly

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Scientific name: Papilio cresphontes Cramer
(Lepidoptera: Papilionidae)

The giant swallowtail is the largest butterfly in North America. It is easily recognized by the conspicuous yellow pattern on a black background. Larvae of the giant swallowtail feed on citrus and are called orange dogs. Caterpillars in the north feed on other plants such as prickly ash.

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