Wild South Florida — Giant Swallowtail Butterfly
 
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Giant Swallowtail Butterfly
 
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The giant swallowtail butterfly is commonly found throughout Florida. Its range extends as far north as Ontario, as far west as the Rockies and as far south as Central and South America. It is a spectacularly large butterfly, with a wingspan that can reach nearly 7 inchess. It is active throughout the year in South Florida, feeding on the nectar from a wide range of flowering plants. While the adults are a welcome sight, the kids not so much. Giant swallowtails tend to use citrus trees as hosts, and the caterpillars have a voracious appetite — they can strip a young tree bare.

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