Considered a pest of ornamental citrus by growers, as its larvae feed on the foliage. Flight is a graceful series of strong flaps and short glides, usually flying at eye level or above. Adults are on the wing all year in southern Florida, most of year in deep south, spring to fall farther north.
A "garden" butterfly, widespread in east and in desert southwest. Found from sea level to mountains in a variety of habitats. Flies spring to fall, most of year in deep south (2-3 broods). Males are mostly black with yellow spots along wing edge and a sub-marginal yellow band of varying width. On females, this band is reduced to small spots on forewing and replaced by blue scaling on hind-wing . Hind-wing eyespot with black pupil usually centered and not touching margin. It is attracted to any plants in parsley family, including cultivated, weedy, and native species.
| Giant Swallowtail, oblique view
This large, dark brown and yellow swallowtail is nearly always found in association with plants in the citrus family. It is equally at home in gardens and in natural wooded areas, and although it is common, the first sighting of one never fails to dazzle the observer. Ranges throughout most of the east; more limited distribution in the southwest, but has expanded into the Los Angeles basin within the past 20 years.