I agree. A nice find but really not so surprising...These butterflies wander a lot, as this one apparently did (tails missing, somewhat beaten up
"Keep you binocs peeled..." And nets also...
Hello VT Butterfly fans,
I'd like to report a new addition to the Vermont butterfly list. The attached photo of a Giant Swallowtail was taken in Addison on 7-30-2010. This species is known to stray north and I am not surprised we have finally recorded this species in the state. I will
add this record to the Butterflies and Moths of North American database (see
http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species?l=1366) and to the Vermont state butterfly list as a vagrant (see
http://www.vtecostudies.org/VBS/VTstatelist.pdf). Depending on you taxonomic pleasure (split or lump), this represents the 105 butterfly species found in Vermont. The butterfly has apparently not
been seen again there.
Of course, we are getting into that season in which southern vagrants come north, so keep your binos peeled....
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