I saw a beautiful large swallowtail butterfly visiting our lantana bush this afternoon. It was more dark brown than black, with yellow markings. It had some wear and damage to its lower wings.

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I researched it and identified it as a Giant Swallowtail–a big butterfly, 4 to 6 inches across. There’s a bit of blue and orange on the undersides of the wings.

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The butterfly fluttered among the lantana flowers for several minutes.

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The backs of the wings and the lower body were lighter colored than the upper wings and body.

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One more of the Giant Swallowtail.

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