Saturday, July 18, 2009

Spicebush Swallowtail

I came upon this spicebush swallowtail in the garden, around noon, first on a raspberry bush and then on the leaves of a cultivated plant that's grown here for years but that we don't know the name of. The butterfly seemed fresh and bright and, while I know nothing about the life cycle of spicebush swallowtails, I could imagine that it had just emerged and was drying its wings for the first times.


Blogger Sam said...

Way cool, looks like the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. The caterpillars are something ferocious, and are the only ones I know that will try to attack humans by rearing back and exposing two horns (yikes). They act like they're cobra snakes! They are voracious eaters and have to be watched in the tomato patch - I try to relocate them in stead of killing them because they are so beautiful as butterflies. -sam

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