Thursday, August 23, 2012

Giant Swallowtail

After hearing reports of sightings of Giant Swallowtails all around Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, and even as far north as Canada, I was still waiting for my first glimpse!  Today, the wait is finally over!

On August 19, 2012, The Boston Herald reported on a study of butterfly populations in Massachusetts that was conducted by Harvard Forest, an environmental research department of Harvard University.  According to the results found in this study, Southern butterfly species (like the Giant Swallowtail) are growing in Massachusetts, while other species that have long been native to Massachusetts are dwindling (probably moving north to cooler temps although this was not addressed by the study).

The Giant Swallowtail is one of the largest butterflies in North America.  It's wingspan is 4-6 inches.  And what a beauty!

When a Giant Swallowtail flies by, people notice.  Believe me, it was a THRILL to see one!!!!


  1. I like those shots, especially the third one, since the shilhouette is so interesting.