Butterfly sighting

Aug 5 2015

Linda Von De Bur

Location: Goold and Green Streets in Racine
Racine County

I was heading to the doctor's office when I saw a large butterfly being buffeted by the wind created by traffic. No matter how hard the butterfly tried to fly out of danger, it kept getting knocked down. I did a u-turn and pulled in front of other cars to block the butterfly, hopped out of my truck and gently picked up the butterfly by the body, and carried it into the truck. The butterfly fluttered to the passenger door and rested. I took it back to my house, since it was close and had lots of food for butterflies (butterfly bush, bee balm plant, other flowers). When I stopped the truck in the driveway, the butterfly seemed to know it was safe, it fluttered over to the driver's door, and I opened it slowly. Once the door was open, I carefully offered it a finger to climb on, so it wouldn't crash into the window. Once I moved away from the door, the butterfly flew up into the yew bush, landed and rested. It did have a bit of a tattered hindwing, but was able to fly without too much trouble. When I returned from the doc's office, the butterfly was gone. A friend, Jaye, helped identify it as a Giant Swallowtail.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail