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Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)

Posted on Jul 30, 2016

I took these Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) photos last Friday evening after the opening of Stratford Point’s new water garden while the butterfly was being battered by gusty winds off the water. It was appropriately trying to feed in the garden itself but the seabreeze pushed it around to the other side of the building and some of the other gardens a little more out of the wind.

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Catching a drink while you’re being tossed about by those big sails is not easy, and it ended up fluttering to keep itself steady in the wind at times. The species is a daily sighting now among many other gorgeous butterflies on the property. What a time of year to be outside!

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator