Chicago outdoors: Make that black swallowtail, Buehrle & deer/duck hunting, cicada flags, milkweed & monarchs

Remembering Mark Buehrle and his perfect game in a duck and deer hunting context, make that a black swallowtail (corrected) butterfly, cicada flags, and thoughts on milkweed and monarch butterflies are among the notes around Chicago outdoors.

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A tiger swallowtail feeding on orange butterfly weed. Credit: Ed Marshall

A tiger swallowtail feeding on orange butterfly weed.

Ed Marshall

[NOTE]: Corrected Wild of the Week to black swallowtail thanks to many readers and confirmation from Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s Doug Taron, who noted, “The unambiguous giveaway here is the orange spot with the black center. Nothing else in Illinois has this.”

Notes come from all around Chicago outdoors.



Ed Marshall photographed the black tiger swallowtail, at the top, feeding on orange butterfly weed. “The retirement pollinator garden I planted last July is paying beautiful dividends,” he emailed.

WOTW, the celebration of wild stories and photos around Chicago outdoors, runs most weeks in the special two-page outdoors section in the Sun-Times Sports Saturday. Submit nominations by message on Facebook (Dale Bowman), on Twitter (@BowmanOutside) and Instagram (@BowmanOutside) or email (



Aug. 13 and 15: Newark, (815) 210-4995

Aug. 27 and 29: Mundelein, (847) 918-6145

Sept. 19-20: Kankakee, (815) 935-2700


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Monarch caterpillar on a swamp milkweed. Credit: John Vukmirovich

Monarch caterpillar on a swamp milkweed.

John Vukmirovich

“[Monarch caterpillar’s] been munching away on the swamp milkweed I planted to attract monarchs to the backyard. . . . Swamp milkweed is a favorite of mine, and its flower heads are even more fragrant than common milkweed.” John Vukmirovich

A: Swamp milkweed is a good choice if building a pollinator garden.


33: High count of flags (wilting or dying branches because of cicada egg laying) on a tree (in Brookfield) surveyed by retired naturalist Carl Strang; one of many interesting notes in his recap of the 2020 periodical cicadas around Chicago.


“I haven’t watched it since. I’ve got myself so far away from baseball since I’ve been home, busy with family and traveling, farming, getting ready for deer- and duck-hunting [seasons].”

Mark Buehrle, on the importance of hunting on the 10th anniversary of his perfect game (Sun-Times July 22, 2019, Daryl Van Schouwen).

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