As many of you know, there's a tiger swallowtail in eastern ON that flies in July, well after the peak flight of univoltine Papilio canadensis. So far, this entity has been dubbed the "Mid Summer Tiger." It looks like a population of hybrid origin: canadensis x glaucus. However, it could also be distinct enough to be labelled a new species in its own right, that's unknown at the moment.
Dr. Chris Schmidt in Ottawa has done some work looking at the genetics of the MST. There's also a researcher named Julian Dupuis at the U of Kentucky who's looking into this, along with a couple of citizen scientists of which I am one. We are currently in need of tiger swallowtail specimens covering a wide geographical range, anywhere from Ottawa to Point Pelee from any time period.
If anyone here has some specimens to spare, please email me at tachyo...@hotmail.com
(credit will be given if something is eventually published). Perhaps you caught some years back and they are in storage. Perhaps you see a dead butterfly on a walk or on the grill of your car. Anything will do. Specimens need not be in perfect condition since we need them for genetic analysis (which is why pictures alone won't suffice). Equally important of course are the date and place of capture of the specimens.
Thank you for any help.