June 26, 2013

Seeing double

Seeing double by ricmcarthur
Seeing double, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
Recently large numbers ot Tiger Swallowtail butterflies appeared in our area.

The Canadian Tiger Swallowtail is an avid mud-puddler and sometimes hundreds will gather at the same small puddle, jostling for position. In this case we had four but there was a steady stream of them coming and going.

The Tiger Swallowtail is one of our most recognizable butterflies. You can identify it by its large size and bright yellow color with black tiger stripes.
Male tiger swallowtails have a few orange and blue spots near the tail.

Papilio canadensis

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