HURON Over the course of the summer, Erie MetroParks volunteer Richard Hartley has spent hundreds of hours tending to plants and trees at the James H. McBride Arboretum, located behind BGSU Firelands campus. He always carries his camera with him as there are plenty of photo ops in the beautiful setting. His pictures are regularly featured in the Arboretum kiosk, which is located by the entrance to the Arboretum.
On Aug. 12, Richard was working in the butterfly and hummingbird garden, when he noticed an unusual black and white long tailed butterfly nectaring on butterfly bush, so he began taking pictures of it. He notified MetroParks naturalist and butterfly enthusiast Lois TerVeen. She knew the beautiful zebra swallowtails are common in the southern Ohio, but after referencing the publically viewable survey section atwww.ohiolepidopterists.org, she discovered that none had been recorded in Erie County. After contacting the Ohio Lepidopterist Society and checking with their president Dave Parshall, it was confirmed that Hartley's picture could be the voucher for the Erie County record.
The Butterfly & Hummingbird Garden was started back in 1999 and has become a magnet for several butterfly species. Zebra swallowtail caterpillars feed on pawpaw trees, three of which are planted in the butterfly garden at the arboretum. TerVeen also noted that there were lots of pawpaw trees planted at the Hoffman Forest Reserve in Berlin Township, so gardeners and nature watchers in the Berlin Heights/Milan area should be on the look out for this butterfly.