Butterfly sighting

Aug 5 2014

Beth Stetenfeld

Location: My backyard in McFarland
Dane County

I saw what looked like a large orange butterfly out of the corner of my eye, so I grabbed my camera and went outside, thinking it was a Monarch. It was fluttering so fast on the Swamp Milkweed that I couldn't positively ID it, but after getting closer I thought it was either a Giant Swallowtail or an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. Its wings were moving so fast that none of my photos came out particularly well, but they allowed my to study the markings and determine it was a Giant Swallowtail. I'd thought perhaps that was the case because it was the largest butterfly I've ever seen. The reason it looked orange was probably because of the dappled oblique light of my shady backyard.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail