Subject: Giant Swallowtail Ovipositing?
Location: Hawthorne, California
September 23, 2012 2:37 pm
While the first photo is not focused very well, I included it anyway to show it is a giant swallowtail. Do the next two show it ovipositing on the cigar plant bush? There is a lime tree very near by.
Signature: Thanks, Anna Carreon
Before we could provide you with an accurate answer, we needed to look up the plant family for the cigar plant. According to Floridata, the cigar plant is in the Loosestrife Family Lythraceae. Prior to the introduction of citrus in North America, the native Giant Swallowtails used “Common Pricklyash (Zanthoxylum americanum), and Common Hoptree (Ptelea trifoliata)” as larval foods, according to BugGuide. We do not believe the Giant Swallowtail in your photo is ovipositing on the cigar plant, but we may be wrong.