Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
A Giant Swallowtail lays eggs on wild lime
Remember: Always purchase host plants by their botanical names. The same common names can be used for several plants, sometimes not related at all.
Giant Swallowtail butterflies use the following plants as host plants:
Citrus plants (orange, lemon, etc) – Citrus spp.
Rue – Ruta graveolens (Some people have bad reactions to rue, including marks on the skin as if they were burned.)
Hop tree – Ptelea trifoliata
Hercules club – Zanthoxylum clava-herculis (Thorny)
Prickly ash – Zanthoxylum americanum (Thorny)
Wild lime – Zanthoxylum fagara (Thorny)
Gas plant – Dictamnus albus
Sea torchwood – Amyris elemifera
Mexican orange – Choisya dumosa
White sapote – Casimiroa edulis