We finally had a Monarch show up in our garden on August 17. As of today, local naturalist Tim Dyson has counted a total of 46 Monarchs so far this summer. Tony Bigg, another inveterate butterfly watcher, was up to 61 Monarchs as of this week. He had 14 all of last year! Tony has seen a total of 83 species of butterflies in Peterborough County so far this year.
On August 18, a Giant Swallowtail also made an appearance in our garden. According to Tim Dyson, this is the second flight (second generation) of Giant Swallowtails. So far, he has seen 11 of these second generation swallowtails.