One of Florida’s largest (4-5″) butterflies, the Giant Swallowtail prefers open woods and citrus plants. The brown or olive larva, resembling large bird droppings, usually have red scent horns on the head used to locate food. Known as “Orange Dogs” by citrus growers, the larva can become serious pests in orange groves. Strong fliers, the adults continuously flutter their wings as they gather nectar.
Latin Name: Papilio Cresphontes
Habitat:Pine Flatwoods, Oak Hammock
Diet: Larva- citrus Adults – nectar, puddling