Giant Swallowtail

Taken in Marana, Arizona using a Canon Powershot SX40HS

Giant Swallowtails are common garden visitors in low deserts cities such as El Centro, Yuma and Phoenix. They are usually near the citrus trees that host “orange dogs”, a common name for their caterpillars, which look like moving bird droppings. Their chrysalids are a shade of tan, brown and green, blending with the leaves and stems of citrus trees.

Giant Swallowtails are, as the name suggests, quite large in wingspan. Adults are fond of lantana fowers and zinnias both common in city gardens.

Commonly seen in the west, less commonly northward and eastward. Flight is March through November


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  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesover 1 year ago

    This is really gorgeous! :)

    Gabe :)

  • Thank you so much!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 1 year ago

    What a beauty ~ composition, critter & all! Happy Earth Day, Kimberly!!

  • Happy Earth day to you as well! Thank you Sheila, I appreciate it!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerover 1 year ago

    Beautiful close up my friend ! Nice work ! Hugs

  • Many thanks Tom!!

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    Jeanette Muhrabout 1 year ago

    Stunning work

    Featured May 4th, 2013

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    Karen Checcaabout 1 year ago


  • Thank you so much Karen, I am honored!!

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    Lepidopteraabout 1 year ago

    May 12/2013
    Enjoy the day Kimberly with the Just Butterfly Featured Gallery.
    Wish you A Sunny Day with Butterfly Kisses,

  • Wow, thank you for the recognition!! I am thankful!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesabout 1 year ago

    Lovely! Congrats on the Just Butterflies feature!

  • Thank you so very much Angie!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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