Return of the Giant Swallowtail

Last August, the butterfly bush in my front garden attracted the first-ever giant swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes) to Plummer’s Hollow. Two days ago I spotted our second — a little earlier in the month and in much better condition — at the very same bush. It stayed for less than five minutes. I slowed the video to half speed; this was a very fast-moving creature, which perhaps explains how it manages to disperse so far from its larval habitat of citrus trees.

–Dave

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About Dave Bonta

I'm the author of several books of poetry, including Ice Mountain: An Elegy, Breakdown: Banjo Poems, and Odes to Tools, but my real work is at my long-running literary blog Via Negativa, where I'm currently creating erasure poems from every entry of the Diary of Samuel Pepys. I'm also the editor and publisher of Moving Poems, a blog showcasing the best poetry videos on the web.

Posted on August 8, 2008, in butterflies, insects, Videos. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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