Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Look Who Stopped By For a Visit

A beautiful swallowtail!

I like the photo from this angle because you can see how the butterfly is perched on the flower as it's nectoring (no, really, that's a word). After working diligently for about 15 minutes, a hummingbird chased her away repeatedly and eventually she flew into our neighbor's tree then disappeared. Did you know the Eastern tiger swallowtail is the state butterfly for five states? They are: Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Delaware. So, if you're in one of the five, watch the flowering plants over the next few weeks and see if you can spot one (not all have this coloration - some are black and the males don't have the blue area). My state, (the great state of North Carolina as they say at the political conventions), does not have an official butterfly. I suppose that's a good thing - politicians have bigger issues than nominating a plethora of state 'things'. That being said, we do have an official 'Carnivorous Plant' (Venus Flytrap) . . . look out, butterflies!

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