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Jul 172012
 

Today I am sharing this mornings sighting and quite a joyous one! A Giant Swallowtail floating around our bee balm and milkweed blooms allowed me to get close enough to capture these images. At one point I had to chase a catbird away!I have never seen this beauty before and read that it is a rare sighting here in Massachusetts.If you would like to learn more about this awesome butterfly click

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I was not the only one excited by this impressive butterfly . . . the Silver-spotted Skippers and Monarchs were happy to greet the Giant Swallowtail too.

I only hope it survived the Catbirds! A gift of global warming?

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Carol Duke

Carol Duke

Carol Duke is an artist and farmer who has worked with the land on a Western Massachusetts hillside for over thirty years. During this time her land has evolved into a diverse wildlife habitat. Carol features the flora and fauna that live and visit her farm on her website and blog http://caroldukeflowers.com As vital wildlife habitats are destroyed daily, Carol hopes to inspire others to garden for wildlife, while becoming activists for wild places the world over. Her nature photography has appeared in magazines, books and newspapers.

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Carol Duke
4 years 1 month ago

It truly is Maria! I was so excited to see it in my Western Mass. gardens. There have been many sightings this year.

Maria Firpi
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4 years 2 months ago

The Black swallowtail is pretty big, this one must be very impressive in size!

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