Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Papilio cresphontes
Large black and yellow butterfly, Giant Swallowtail Butterfly, Papilio cresphontes, perched on my finger with big bug eyes looking at the camera.
Giant Swallowtail Butterflies sip nectar from a variety of flowers. These two were alternately sipping from my Firebush flowers and spiraling through the air in an intricate dance with one another.
Giant Swallowtail Butterflies, one sipping nectar from a reddish-orange Firebush flower, the other, black and yellow wing extended, flying overhead.
Giant Swallowtail Butterflies are the largest butterflies that we have where I live in Florida. I've watched them lay eggs on Wild Lime, Hercules Club, and Grapefruit trees. The eggs are little round balls, larger than nonpareils, and usually found on the tender new leaves.
Here is a Giant Swallowtail Egg, two young caterpillars, and a few aphids on a Wild Lime Tree:
The caterpillars look a lot like bird poop, particularly when they get a little larger.
Swallowtail caterpillars have an organ called an  osmeterium. It sticks out when you scare them. See the forked red thing sticking out of the front of this Giant Swallowtail caterpillar? That's its  osmeterium.
Giant Swallowtail Butterfly egg on a Wild Lime Tree leaf
Giant Swallowtail Butterfly egg, two young caterpillars, a few aphids, and two thorns on the tiny tender new growth of a Wild Lime Tree
This caterpillar is hanging by two silken strands. It is turning into a chrysalis from which it will emerge as a Giant Swallowtail Butterfly.
Giant Swallowtail Butterfly chrysalides look like broken branches. This chrysalis in the green bug box  lid is easy to spot, but the one on the branch blends in very well. They can be difficult to find outside.
Giant Swallowtail Butterfly perched on my hand:
Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar camouflaged as a bird turd
Brown, white and black Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar, Papilio cresphontes
Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar displaying its forked red osmeterium
Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar hanging from silken strands turning into a butterfly chrysalis
Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Chrysalis hanging from one end and two silk threads
Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Chrysalis disguised as a twig or small branch; Papilio cresphontes chrysalis
This Giant Swallowtail Butterfly paused to puddle in my driveway.
I'd just cleaned the salt tank on my water filter and the butterfly really enjoyed the residue.
Yellow, black, red and blue underside of the wings of a Giant Swallowtail Butterfly
Giant Swallowtail Butterfly, black and yellow striped top side of the wings
Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Puddling; Papilio cresphontes puddling
Giant Swallowtail Butterfly perched on my hand
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