Sighting for September 3, 2012

Alan Branhagen

Bates City address, adjacent to Powell Gardens
Johnson County, MO

The first time this almost mythical butterfly has allowed me to get a good look at it. Its skittish, hyper behavior made it grab my attention (as compared to much more docile Black Swallowtails). I immediately looked for the hw eyespot (w 10 power Vortex binoculars) and could see it was a ringer for an Ozark ST. I ran inside to get my camera and she was still nectaring on wild thistles in my adjacent, woodland encircled meadow. I was able to get a few images (she never stopped fluttering). I have experienced this butterfly before on neighboring woodland openings on the high rocky ridges of Powell Gardens but it has never allowed a close look to confirm an identification.

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Ozark Swallowtail

Ozark Swallowtail

Ozark Swallowtail