beginner requires ID of swallowtail (3 photos)

Robert Dana robert.dana at
Mon Oct 2 09:44:05 EDT 2000

Take a look at the entry for P. cresphontes in Layberry et al., Butterflies of Canada: "It is considered sporadic and rare in Canada, except in southwestern Ontario, where it can be commonly encountered at Point Pelee . . . ."

Robert Dana, Ph.D.
Natural Heritage and Nongame Research Program
500 Lafayette Rd, Box 25
St. Paul, MN 55155
651 297-2367
Email: robert.dana at

>>> plauzolesp at 9/29/00 12:28:46 PM >>>
Bret Murray wrote:

> I beleive you are right P crephontes giant swal.  A bit unusual to find so far
> north unless someone was rearing and released them. I dont think they survive
> winter so far north.

It could have been blown north by storm winds.  I think it occurs naturally within
some 200 miles.  Check with a natural history museum or academic entomology
department on that to be sure.

> "S.M.L." wrote:
> > I am not presently involved in the study of butterflies, but having acquired
> > a digital camera recently, I have been experimenting with taking macro
> > photographs of insects. I was fortunate enough to get three reasonably good
> > shots of a butterfly on a beach while visiting Point Pelee National Park in
> > S. W. Ontario on August 11, 2000. My curiosity was raised, having never seen
> > this species of butterfly before. A quick search on the web identified it as
> > a type of swallowtail and I believe it to be a Giant Swallowtail, but I
> > couldn't find a good enough photo on the web to be sure. If someone could
> > help me to ID this butterfly, I would appreciate it greatly. If anyone would
> > like full size copies of these photos (approx. 1600x1200 pixels and
> > 350-400kb) I would be happy to e-mail them.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Steve Loxton
> >
> > sluggo7 at 
> >
> >  [Image]
> >
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