Giant Swallowtail

Wingspan: 4 inches

Overview: Giant Swallowtail’s (Papiol cresphontes) are in the Papilionidae family. They are strong fliers, with tail-like apendages on the rear of the wings.General Habitat: Open woods, vagrant to gardens, and fields.

Caterpillar & Host Plants

Larvae feed ONLY on plants in the rue (citrus) family. Sometimes considered a pest in southern citrus groves. Caterpillars are brownish-black with random splotches of white (mimics bird droppings) and a bright red osmeterium when threatened