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Giant Swallowtail

This morning at the Bracebridge Ponds we found a gorgeous Giant Swallowtail butterfly by the south-east end of cell 4. We had excellent looks as it flew around, sometimes alighting on white asters for a millisecond, but it kept moving west with a strong wind blowing it along. It was very hyperactive, in constant motion, and disappeared into the shadows of the woods (possibly to avoid the many waxwings hawking insects nearby or to get out of the wind). Eventually the butterfly came back into sight by the south-west corner of cell 4. I tried to grab a photo, but no luck as it kept on flying way out over the pipeline and after a brief chase I lost it.

Is this a new species for the Muskoka Butterfly Checklist?



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