Giant Swallowtail eggs??
Hi guys, I am so excited, I can't sleep! This afternoon, a friend and her 2 young sons (10 & 11) were visiting, and we went out to the back yard to check out the tomatoes and basil. There was a Giant Swallowtail in the back garden! One of the boys remarked what a big butterfly it was.
From what I understand, Papilio cresphontes is more of a southerly species and historically, sightings in New England are extremely rare. However, I saw one several time in the gardens last year, and there were various sightings across the state throughout 2012.
So this beauty was alternating between nectaring on the tall Zinnias and fluttering about the rue plants. I wasn't sure if she was ovipositing or not? But later after they left, I checked some of the rue and found 4 eggs on one of the plants.
Here she is on the State Fair zinnias -
Here is one of the eggs I found - do you think these are GST eggs? They seem more yellow in color than BST eggs. I grow the rue for the Black Swallowtails, I can hardly believe it would be used by a Giant Swallowtail!