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Another magnificent image of a Giant Swallowtail Butterfly! (Heraclides cresphontes) This superb image, taken by photographer Luiz Fernando of Jaķ-SP-Brazil using an Olympus C-2100 camera, is featured here with Luiz's kind permission. The image used to appear on Steve's Digicams Website in the Digicam Closeup Pics section - in the 'photocontest' area, I believe. As this site must move to a new location, in 2009, I cannot locate either this particular image, or a current archive of his work. He used to display his work in a great many places, including Portuguese sites.

The giant swallowtail butterfly is the largest North American butterfly (3 5/8" - 5 1/2") & is found throughout most of North America. It is more common in the south & south central states & is often known as the 'Orange Dog' for its bright orange wing spot (not visible in this image). It is considered by some to be a citrus pest.

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