Giant Swallowtail
Papilio cresphontes
Sept. 20, 2020

  The giant swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes) is one of those lucky creatures whose name matches its main attribute: It is the largest butterfly in North America. Happily, my small backyard was large enough to accommodate the giant.

In the first photo you can see part of the upper wing, which appears somewhat similar to a male black swallowtail (a page I should update).

Giant swallowtail
  The second photo shows an underwing view, markedly different from any other swallowtail.
Papilio cresphontes
  The visit was the second time in two years that a giant swallowtail had feasted at one of my butterfly bushes.

Photo note: I used the Pentax K3, with the SMC-DA* 60-250mm lens, on Aug. 2, 2020, in my backyard for these photos.

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