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Giant Swallowtail

The Giant Swallowtail, the Thoas and the female Tiger Swallowtails are the largest butterflies in North America. It is considered by many a citrus pest. Also known as the Orange dog it sometimes descends on citrus groves in mass, usually resulting in mass spraying. This butterfly is difficult to outwardly distinguish from the Thoas Swallowtail except for a notch in the top of the abdomen of the Giant Swallowtail that the Thoas does not have.
This photo was taken on the banks of Dale Hollow lake on May 19th.

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