I just love being outdoors. It’s so peaceful and beautiful. It’s always special when you get a glimpse of nature that isn’t an everyday occurrence.
I was weeding in the flower garden and noticed movement above my head. When I looked, there were two swallowtails hovering around the Butterfly Bush. And then there were three. They finally landed and I ran for my camera. Of course, they flew when I came close but I just stood still and they came back to light on this beautiful bloom.
I snapped a number of photos just in case some were blurred by their movement…….or MINE is more like it.
I did notice on the wings of one that it was torn and missing in several places! I wonder what caused the damage? I also noticed torn wings on another of the swallowtails.
I couldn’t get over the vibrant orange and blues on the bottoms of the wings. I googled swallowtails and learned that these are actually called Eastern Tiger Swallowtails and the female has a much lighter color of yellow on her wings and more blue on the bottom of the wings. The female can also be black with mostly blue coloring on the bottoms of the wings and no yellow.
Well, you’ve had your lesson on Eastern Tiger Swallowtails for the day and I hope you enjoyed the images too!
Until next time, Hugs and Have A Creative Day!