Drinks With A Giant Swallowtail
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Swallowtail butterfly Swallowtail Butterflies are members of the Papilionidae family and they live throughout the world. They get their name from the swallow bird because they have similar looking tails coming off of their hind wings. The Swallowtail is the only butterfly who in caterpillar form can secrete a foul smelling substance for protection. This comes from a special organ called the osmeterium.The larvae of this butterfly is known as the 'Orange Dog'. Citrus plants are the host for this butterfly. Rue is also used by Gaint Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars as a host or larval food plant. Many people see these caterpillars (often mistakenly calling one a 'worm') on their orange or citrus trees and have no idea that they are immature butterflies.Adult: Adult giant swallowtails are large butterflies with a forewing span of 4.6 to 6.9 inches (avg. 5.5 inches) for males and a span of 5.3 to 7.4 inches (avg. 5.8 inches) for females. The dorsal wing surfaces of the butterfly are black with a striking diagonal yellow bar across the forewings. The ventral wing surfaces are primarily yellow. The giant swallowtail is very distinct from all other swallowtails found in Florida, except for the endangered Schaus' swallowtail, Papilio aristodemus ponceanus, which is confined to the Florida Keys. The giant swallowtail can be distinguished from the Schaus' swallowtail by the yellow-filled "tails" (Schaus' swallowtail tails are all black), and the small, brick-red patch just interior to the blue median band on the ventral hind wing.
December 8th, 2012
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