Giant Swallowtails on Tithonia Torch blossom

I have been trying for several days to capture pictures like these, and finally got the opportunity today! On several occasions, I had spotted these Giant Swallowtails feasting on the Tithonia blossoms, but by the time I could get outside, they had moved on. Today, while I was out doing a routine garden check, they decided it was a good time to stop by. It just so happened that I had my iPhone in my pocket, so here you go!



For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this species of butterfly, there is a reason they have “giant” in their name. They have a wingspan between 4 and 6-1/4 inches (10-16 cm), making them by far the largest butterfly in the United States and Canada.

I hope you enjoy these pictures!








6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by thebeadden on July 1, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    I am so glad you had your phone! I’ve never heard of them before. I’m in awe. Thanks for capturing these photos! So cool!


  2. Great catches!!! I know how hard it can be!! I was chasing around in the dark trying to get a few pics of the hummingbird moth the other night!,LOL! Yours are WAY better than what I wound up with!


  3. Posted by Ogee on July 3, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Beautiful! If only they would sit still! Thanks for visiting Gardensforgoldens. Glad I discovered your blog as well!


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