Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1139459

Giant Swallowtail
Papilio cresphontes

Observation date: September 04, 2017
Submitted by: purplechickadee
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: I'm sorry for the terrible photo, but this is the only one I could get. This is the 4th time I have seen a Giant Swallowtail in my yard this summer. The other dates were 8/19, 8/21, and, 8/30. I have been trying for a photo each time, but they move so fast and barely ever land on anything for more than a few seconds. This particular butterfly flew into my hydrangea patch, then flew off and landed on my rose bush for a second, and finally flew way off into the woods where I lost track of it.
Status: Temporary Colonist
Verified by: Will Kerling
Verified date: September 08, 2017
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): Passaic County, United States, New Jersey