My second sister’s flower garden near her front porch attracts many butterflies, especially the big Yellow Swallowtail. This is not the first time I’ve seen the Yellow Swallowtail visiting her flowers, I also saw the black blue one several weeks back.
I do have to say that taking picture of the butterfly is a lot easier than taking picture of the hummingbird, but it’s still a challenge since the butterfly doesn’t stay still for very long and it takes a lot of patience and persistence, and by the time I was done taking these pictures, I was covered with sweat, it’s quiet humid on Saturday.
According to Wikipedia, this striking butterfly is yellow with black wing and vein markings and a wingspan of 8 to 10 cm (that’s 3-4 inches). The hind wings of both sexes have a pair of protruding tails which give the butterfly its common name. Just below each tail is a red eye spot. This particular one is an orange eye spot.
One thing I noticed is that butterflies are intensely aware of their surroundings, I had to move as cautiously and slowly as possible so that I wouldn’t startle them, especially this one. It is also important during approaching them not to cast your shadow over the butterfly because this will likely cause it to take flight, I learned the hard way, I need to pass this knowledge on to Lee also because she seems to take the liking of the butterfly.
Something that I saw that is so fascinating to me, but not until I got home is the long horn that is used for feeding. The next couple of pictures are clearer of how it’s feeding the nectar from the Zinnia.
I need to plant Zinnias and Butterfly Bushes in my backyard next year.