Giant Swallowtail Butterfly

Mary planted some Butterfly Bushes in front of the living room window and shazam we have butterflies. Highly recommended!

This unusual butterfly came by yesterday. The invaluable Butterflies Through Binoculars identifies it as a Giant Swallowtail Butterfly and says:

  • Similar species: None
  • Range: North to around Philadelphia
  • Comments: Formerly found further north. A colony existed in the 1950s in Dutchess Co., NY.

So either this chap’s range is expanding northward or that colony never quite died out.