Giant Swallowtail Butterflies sip nectar from a variety of flowers.
These two were alternately sipping from my
flowers and spiraling
through the air in an intricate dance with one another.
Giant Swallowtail Butterflies are the largest butterflies
that we have where I live in Florida. I've watched them lay eggs on
, 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
look a lot like bird poop, particularly when they get a
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
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.
This Giant Swallowtail Butterfly paused to puddle in my driveway.
just cleaned the salt tank on my water filter and the butterfly really
enjoyed the residue.