Butterfly sighting

Sep 7 2009

Ron Arnold

Location: my property in the town of Seneca
Wood County

The Giant Swallowtail is the first I've ever seen in Wood County. Its forewings were tattered and its hindwings almost nonexistent, but it didn't seem to have any trouble flying. It was difficult to photograph as it never stopped fluttering and didn't stay in one place for very long. It nectared for quite some time on the Phlox in my garden. The
Black Swallowtail caterpillar was feeding on Water Hemlock, Cicuta maculata, and is the only Black Swallowtail I've seen this year.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail