Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Life Cycle

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio cresphontes Cramer) Habitat and Habits Black Swallowtails like sunny places with weeds and flowers, and can be found in gardens, vacant lots, old fields, pastures and marshes. They thrive in cities and suburbs due to the abdundance of Queen Anne’s Lace. Their range extends from southern Canada to northern Mexico. They are found in Arizona, New Mexico, and the eastern half of the United States. Black Swallowtails over-winter in the chrysalis stage. largest butterfly in Canada and the United States. Largest butterfly in Canada and the United States Wingspan 3.9–6.3 inches

 

 

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio cresphontes Cramer) Butterfly Life Cycle

uncategorized Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Dorsal View

 

uncategorized Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Side View 

 

uncategorized Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Egg

 

uncategorized Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar

Caterpillar has its Osmeterium gland extended to discourage pests or predators with an unpleasant smell

 

uncategorized Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Chrysalis  Notice how the chrysalis is doing its best dead twig imitation!

 

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Host Plants 

uncategorized Bitter Orange (Citrus Aurantium) Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Host PlantBitter uncategorized Bitter Orange (Citrus Aurantium) Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Plant Map Distribution

uncategorized Citrus  (Citrus Lemon) Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Host Plant

uncategorized Citrus (Citrus Lemon) Giant Swallowtail Butterfly

 

Plant Map Distribution

 

 

     

 

 

uncategorized Herb Rue (Ruta Graveolens) Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Host Plant uncategorized Herb Rue (Ruta Graveolens) Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Plant Map Distribution http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=RUGR3 

uncategorized Hoptree (Ptelea Trifoliata) Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Host Plant uncategorized Hoptree (Ptelea Trifoliata) Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Plant Map Distribution 

http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=PTTR    

 

 

uncategorized Orange (Citrus Sinensis) Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Host Plantuncategorized Orange (Citrus Sinensis) Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Plant Map Distribution http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=CISI3

uncategorized Prickly-Ash Hercule’s Club (Zanthoxylum Clava-Herculis) Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Host Plant uncategorized Prickly-Ash Hercule’s Club (Zanthoxylum Clava-Herculis) Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Plant Map Distribution http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ZACL

uncategorized Pummelo (Citrus maxima) Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Host PlantPummelo (Citrus maxima) Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Plant Map Distribution None Available

uncategorized Wild Lime (Zanthoxylum Fagara) Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Host Plant uncategorized Wild Lime (Zanthoxylum Fagara) Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Plant Map Distribution http://plants.usda.gov/java/nameSearch      

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