Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillars or Chrysalises

Shady Oak Butterfly Farm


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Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Papilio cresphontes

Adult Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Wing Span: 4 - 6 1/4 inches

Range: Primarily in the Southwestern and Eastern United States, Southeastern Canada, Central America, Columbia, Jamaica, and Cuba

Host Plants: Plants in the citrus family, Prickly Ash, Hop Tree, and Rue

Experience the wonder of metamorphosis! Caterpillars will need a food source when they arrive. Here at Shady Oak we sell Hercules' Club, Wild Lime, and Hop Trees. One 6" potted plant will feed 1-2 larvae. You may purchase your host plant from Shady Oak Butterfly Farm or from a local plant nursery. Be certain the plant has not been sprayed with insecticides, including the organic pesticide BT. Caterpillars will take one to three weeks to reach pupation size.

** Butterflies can eat a great deal during the larval stage. Please be certain you have the correct amount of host plants if you are ordering larvae.**


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A few of the butterflies and moths we raise at Shady Oak Butterfly Farm