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Giant Swallowtail - Papilio cresphontes

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Brenda Vancleef 15-Aug-2018 02:35
Saw the shadow of this magnificent butterfly, was able to capture it on my phone.
adrienne 16-May-2018 15:44
Found a giant swallowtail in the pool enclosure. It was very friendly and we had to put it out twice It followed us back in the first time. May 14 2018 PSL Florida
Guest 22-Oct-2017 14:29
How long do they live? I found one in my pool three days ago. It is still alive but won't fly.
Guesr 26-Aug-2017 16:54
Just saw a pair mating in my overgrown backyard. First time I've seen a swallowtail in my yard, much less mating.
Sara 13-Aug-2017 15:04
I just saw one for the first time around my citrus tree in The Villages. It is so much larger than my Gulf Flitteries that are in abundance.
Guest 23-May-2016 21:23
Just snapped a pic of one visiting my milkweed.
Guest 20-May-2016 11:35
Yesterday while picking g wild flowers by by road I saw the biggest butterfly I've
Ever seen. It was sitting on a branch very close to the road. Now you have shown me it
Was a Swallow Tail. I went into my home and got my camera and took its photo. Wow what
A site it was. Englewood, Fl.
guest 08-Jan-2014 16:32
I found one of these amazing beauties resting on my pool deck last week and had to take a pix of it. I live in Coral Ridge section of Ft. Lauderdale. I am in awe of the beauty!
Margaret 18-Apr-2013 23:52
Margaret: I just saw this butterfly in my garden in Plantation, Florida. It was so beautifully resting on the deck floor by the water. Could not help take the photo. He lied here quite a longtime.
I felt he was a messenger of good deeds.
Guest 03-Feb-2013 00:51
I have this particular butterfly breeding, feeding and fluttering around my house in Miami's Design District. Several times I found them either sitting between my front door and the burgler bar door as if waiting for me to come home and let them in! I feel blessed everytime they try to come in my house!
Nancy C 18-Dec-2012 10:20
I found one "swimming" in my pool, inside the screened patio. Don't know how it got there but it looked like it was "floating from the deep end to the shallow. Unfortunately, it was dead, but beautiful and still in tact. It now is framed and sits on my bookcase in the computer room.
Becky 16-Sep-2012 19:41
Thanks for your awesme photo gallery! A fiend posted a picture of one of these on Facebook and I was able to identify it from your page.
george kloss 10-Sep-2012 22:39
I forgot to mention, the sighting was in New Port Richey, Florida, approx. 14 miles from the Gulf of Mexico,
george kloss 10-Sep-2012 22:37
In the last several days I have seen this type of butterfly in my back yard flower gardens, I got as close of about 2 feet, close enough to get several photos with my digital camera, they have a wing span of about 4 to 6 inches, very hugh. There was even a small flock of them, 5 to 6 that flew over the garden spot into a neighbors yard and over the roof tops. This was on 9/10/12, this is the first year I've seen them.
Sheeba-Central FL, USA 20-Jul-2010 19:51
So nice to find your butterflies .. Identified this one in the backyard flying around citrus trees, Jatropha, sage and other plants.
20 July 2010
Guest 23-Jul-2009 18:08
I just saw one with my Daddy , checking out my lemon tree and the alamandra bush. It comes everyday Lauren Madeira Beach Fl.
Guest 02-Sep-2007 15:20
I see these quite often in our gardens in Homosassa, FL. They seem to like the bright yellow flowers of the buttercup bushes.
Guest 13-Jul-2007 22:03
One's been spending a lot of time during the last two weeks in our flower gardens.

St. Petersburg FL
July 13, 2007
J Kulp 13-Jul-2007 19:03
I just saw one for the first time in my butterfly garden here in west Davie, FL. Are they rare or common?
sandi herd 01-Jul-2006 14:18
july 01 2006
Just spotted this beautiful butterfly in my bird garden. I have never seen one here before are they common in port saint luce area (florida)
sandi herd