The Swallowtail Giant


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Name of Bug

Its name is giant swallowtail butterfly. Its scientific name is Papillio Cres Phontes.


Throughout North America and as far south as South America. It is seen in citrus trees in southern states.

Food & Diet

As a caterpillar a swallowtail will only eat new grown leaves from citrus trees. As a adult it drinks nectar from flowers.


Swallowtails only fly and migrate.

Life Cycle

The egg takes 10 days to hatch. The caterpillar takes 2 to 3 weeks to reach the roaming stage. The caterpillar stays in the chrysalis for 10 days. The adult Butterfly lives for 6 weeks.


The wings are 4 to 7 inches in width on the top tips of its wings. The color of the wings are black with yellow horizontal stripes. It has a thin long black body with 2 antennas.


Swallowtails have white dots on their wings that look like eyes so they can scare predators away.


The enemies of a giant swallowtail butterfly are lizards, birds, and spiders.

Interesting Facts

When giant swallowtail caterpillars feel scared, they will stick out a orange gland releasing a terrible smell !!!!!
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