Giant Swallowtail – Papilio cresphontes
Common names. Giant Swallowtail, Orange Dog, or Orange Puppy.
Papilio cresphontes is a swallowtail butterfly common in various parts of North America, particularly the south and east. With a wingspan of about 10–16 cm (3.9–6.3 in), it is the largest butterfly in Canada and the United States.
All giant swallowtails have a distinctive flight pattern which generally looks as if they are “hopping” through the air. Females tend to beat their wings slowly but move quickly. Because females have such large wings, each wing beat will carry it a long way. Males however, tend to have more of a darty flight and beat their wings rapidly but move slower than females because their wings are smaller and each beat doesn’t carry them far. Giant swallowtails in general fly fast and high and can be difficult to capture.
Featured in Winged Insects Group on July 8/2012
Featured in All That Is Nature on June 10/2012
Featured in Peace Love & Tranqulity on June 9/2012
Featured in Top Shelf Wildlife on June 9/2012
Featured in GEMS on June 6/2012
Thank you All for the visit and wonderful support, so very much appreciated.
Butterfly Kisses, Johanna