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Butterfly discovered by Mardon (#2727)

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Observed: July 3, 2014 @ 10:00 AM
Posted on: July 3, 2014 @ 9:14 PM (diff: 0 days)
This butterfly was flying around landing on some trees. It had badly damaged wings as can be seen in the photos. It didn't stay put long enough for me to get a photo, so I caught it in a net and took the photo. It was already damaged before I netted it though. It flew away after the last photo. I'm surprised that it could fly so well like that. What would cause such damage? It looks to be the same species as Rocky's observation of June 17, 2014. I think it's a Papilio glaucus a.k.a. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. Can anyone confirm?

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By Lessa on 7/4/2014 11:35:44 AM

I'm not a butterfly expert but it does look like Rocky's June 17 one and matches images I've seen of an eastern tiger swallowtail. However, the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is normally only found in southern Ontario (according to my field guide) and not out here. I know sometimes butterflies get blown out here - so maybe that's where yours and Rocky's came from. Or maybe it is a similar species. Check out eButterfly - an other online citzien science website a bit like NLNature, but dedicated to butterflies only... there are 13 records of Tiger Swallowtail there.

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