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Papilio cresphontes (Orange-dog swallowtail)

Wikipedia Abstract

Papilio cresphontes, the giant swallowtail or in its larval phase the orange dog or orange puppy, is a swallowtail butterfly common in parts of North America and marginally into South America (Colombia and Venezuela only). In the United States and Canada it is mainly found in the south and east. With a wingspan of about 10–16 cm (3.9–6.3 in), it is the largest butterfly in Canada and the United States.
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Wing Span [1]  3.9 inches (.098 m)

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve 90 Michigan, United States
Carlsbad Caverns National Park II 15448 New Mexico, United States

Prey / Diet

Bursera tecomaca (sea torchwood)[2]
Choisya dumosa (Mexican orange)[2]
Citrus aurantium (myrtle-leaved orange tree)[2]
Citrus grandis (shaddock)[2]
Citrus japonica (sour orange)[2]
Citrus limon (lemon)[2]
Dictamnus albus (Gasplant)[3]
Dictamnus dasycarpus (gasplant)[2]
Humulus lupulus (common hops)[2]
Nyssa sylvatica (blackgum)[3]
Persea borbonia (redbay)[2]
Populus nigra (Lombardy poplar)[2]
Ptelea trifoliata (hoptree)[2]
Ruta graveolens (common rue)[2]
Staphylea trifolia (american bladdernut)[3]
Zanthoxylum americanum (Common pricky-ash)[3]
Zanthoxylum bombacifolium (white sapote)[2]
Zanthoxylum caribaeum (prickly yellow)[3]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Erynnis icelus (Dreamy Dusky Wing)1
Nymphalis antiopa (camberwell beauty)1
Papilio troilus (spicebush swallowtail)1
Polygonia comma (Comma anglewing)1
Polygonia interrogationis (Questionmark anglewing)1
Strymon melinus (cotton square borer)2
Vanessa atalanta (red admiral)1


Euthyrhynchus floridanus (Florida predatory stink bug)[4]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Nikolaev Zoo of Nikolaev-City Council
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo


Belize; United States;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Butterflies of Canada, Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility
2HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
4Euthyrhynchus floridanus (Linnaeus) (Insecta: Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), Frank W. Mead (retired), Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry, and David B. Richman, University of Florida, October 2000. Latest revision: May 2013
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