Determining sex of giant swallowtails...it's a boy, i think??
Well, my last gst eclosed yesterday evening, and I think it's a boy. in addition to the stripe being wider on the back, i noticed there is also a small yellow dot on each wing, underneath the 5th yellow marking on the back wings. I checked all my others and they do not have this mark. Also, if anyone has any additional info on determining the sex of a giant swallowtail, please let me know, since I am hand feeding them, I am close enough to see some details that might go unnoticed otherwise. Oh, and this new one, has a different shape to his abdomen, unless it is just because he is new, it is long and slender, and he also has two markings or dots right above his abdomen on the underside, that the others do not have. Wow, if my bunch is indicative of the male to female ratio in my area, these females probably have a real hard time finding a mate.
One more question, all of the ones who i am assuming are females, seem to be swelling in the abdomen area, or maybe they are just gaining weight. Is this natural? they do like their nectar and gatorade