I saw a Giant Swallowtail in the yard hovering around the native Smooth Phlox this afternoon. I went out and took a few images of this stunning butterfly in action going from plant to plant gathering nectar. One thing to note is that the wings on this species never stop fluttering when they are gathering nectar from plant blooms. This is Wisconsin’s largest butterfly. Images were taken on August 8, 2017.
Giant Swallowtail Butterfly
Binomial name: Papilio cresphontes
Wingspan: Can sometimes exceed 5″
Note: Wisconsin’s largest butterfly