Giant Swallowtail Butterfly laying Eggs

This photo of the GST was taken today Jan.1st 2015 from my Butterflies and Hummingbird Garden.
The Giant Swallowtail (Heraclides cresphontes sometimes known as Papilio cresphontes) is a truly spectacular butterfly in the Parnassian (Papilionidae) family of butterflies. The Giant Swallowtail (name shortened to GST) is generally found from May through September in many parts of the United States but flutters about year-round in Florida and in the south. The upper-side is dark with a yellow chevron and the under-side is the yellow that just can’t be described. It is a fairly large butterfly whose wingspan can reach from 4″ to 6.25″ and when you see one, you won’t likely forget it!
Swallowtail Butterfly laying Eggs

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