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Atlas of North Dakota Butterflies

Giant Swallowtail (Papilio (Heraclides) cresphontes)

  • BND: Giant Swallowtail; Papilio (Heraclides) cresphontes Cramer, 1777
  • BNA: Giant Swallowtail; Papilio cresphontes
  • Habitat: Savannas, hilltops in open woodlands; patches of Monarda, Cirsium in late summer
  • Larval food: Rutaceae, including Citrus and many others; a citrus pest in the south
  • Adult flight: Occasional late summer stray from states farther south
  • References: Royer 62, Opler & Krizek 46, Scott 176
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