Orange Dog (Giant Swallowtail)

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    Giant Swallowtail in the butterfly house "Vlindervallei" (Butterfly Valley) of the "Orchideeënhoeve" (Orchid Farm) in Luttelgeest, the Netherlands.
    The yellow and black Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes) is a swallowtail butterfly common in various parts of North America, particularly the south and east, and down to Central and northern South America. With a wingspan of about 8,5 -15 cm is the Giant Swallowtail one of the largest butterflies in the United States. The adults are tailed like the forked tail of some swallows, giving the insect its name.
    Giant Swallowtails prefer open woodlands and fields, citrus groves, and gardens near woodlands.
    The caterpillars of the Giant Swallowtail are pests of citrus plants. This is how the butterfly was nicknamed the "Orange Dog" or the "Orange Puppy".

    Giant Swallowtail in de Vlindervallei van de Orchideeënhoeve in Luttelgeest (Noordoostpolder).
    De zwartgele “reuzen zwaluwstaart” (Giant Swallowtail, Papilio cresphontes) - er is geen Nederlandse naam voor deze dagvlinder - is een vrij grote page uit het zuid-oosten van de Verenigde Staten, Midden-Amerika en noordelijk Zuid-Amerika. Met een vleugelspanwijdte van 8,5 à 15 cm is de soort aanzienlijk groter dan de in Nederland en grote delen van Europa voorkomende koninginnepage (Papilio machaon), die een vleugelspanwijdte van 6,5 à 10 cm heeft.
    Info Orchideeënhoeve: www.orchideeenhoeve.nl

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