Caterpillar foods: Birches and Aspens, also possibly cherry, ash and willow – it would be interesting to raise some to see what they will eat as compared to Eastern Tiger Swallowtail caterpillars
This used to be considered a subspecies of Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus). Since about 1991 it’s been considered a full species. The two species are very similar, and for a long time I didn’t realize that we had any Canadian Swallowtails here. This winter I was looking back through my photos, and realized that some were probably P. canadensis. Mike Reese has confirmed that these two are P. canadensis.
Mike’s site: WisconsinButterflies.org has a detailed description of the differences between the two species.
These are my confirmed Canadian Swallowtail sightings:
May 25, 2008
Same individual – May 25, 2008
May 31, 2006