Posts Tagged ‘Tithonia Torch’

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!

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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!

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