Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1143070

Giant Swallowtail
Papilio cresphontes

Observation date: September 23, 2017
Submitted by: abwest
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Initially observed nectaring on Mexican Olive Tree (Cordia boissieri) but then it started circling around a thorny tree (perhaps Prickly Ash based on thorns and notes that it is a caterpillar host for Giant Swallowtails?). Observed moving around the tree for 15-20 minutes. After watching a few minutes, realized it was laying eggs on leaves at various points on the tree. Butterfly left tree and returned shortly several times during this period.
Status: Resident
Verified by: stomlins701
Verified date: September 24, 2017
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): Bexar County, United States, Texas