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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.
Source: Wikipedia


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

My greatest passion in photography is to capture the wonderful Butterfly. I hope you will enjoy my photos of Butterflies as much I do to watch them and to catch their beauty with my photographs. My camera is a Canon EOS 350D with a Canon Close-Up lens 250D. Thank you so much for your visit, the kind comments, the great support and the Love for Butterflies!
Butterfly Kisses, Johanna

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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    BEAUTIFUL work,
    .

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 2 years ago


    Wonderful work !!! Bravo!!!
    Your host, Deb
    June 6,, 2012

  • Hi Deb, thanks for the Feature in your wonderful group.
    Butterfly Kisses, Johanna

    – Lepidoptera

  • Qnita
    Qnitaover 2 years ago


    2012/06/07

  • robmac
    robmacover 2 years ago

    A lovely shot Johanna

  • Ana Belaj
    Ana Belajover 2 years ago

    Brilliant work!

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago


    2012/06/07 1 image per 24hrs
    Stunning capture!

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 2 years ago

    Wow, a beauty! XOXOXOXOXO

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 2 years ago


    This marvelous work has just been selected and featured in the Top Shelf Wildlife group!
    Please view and participate in comments on our featured page here
    This image now qualifies for our monthly avatar and voucher challenge here

  • Hi Konstantinos, thanks for the Feature in your wonderful group.
    Butterfly Kisses, Johanna

    – Lepidoptera

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 2 years ago


    Super fantastic work!!
    Deb, your host
    June 9, 2012

  • Hi Deb, thank you so much for the Feature in your wonderful group.
    Butterfly Kisses, Johanna

    – Lepidoptera

  • Sunshinesmile83
    Sunshinesmile83over 2 years ago

  • Hi Sunshine, thanks for the Feature in your wonderful group, great for being selected.
    Butterfly Kisses, Johanna

    – Lepidoptera

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