Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Western Tiger Swallowtail

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Western Tiger Swallowtail

Heyyyyy, a pretty visitor to the garden!

According to the website Butterfliesandmoths.org, this is a Western Tiger Swallowtail. They’re common in Albuquerque.

I’ve seen these butterflies around my downtown yard in the last few months. I keep wanting them to be related to my little parsley-loving caterpillars, but I don’t think they are. The yellow Swallowtails come from green caterpillars, not the stripey ones I had here.

This little guy was all banged up. He was missing part of his lower wing, which you can sorta see here:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Western Tiger Swallowtail

These next two photos are obviously crappy – he was fast – but you can see what I mean about his wings being busted, down on the right:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Western Tiger Swallowtail

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Western Tiger Swallowtail

Missing a big ol’ chunk!

He didn’t seem to mind though…he was fluttering around seemingly without a care in the world. He should be easy to spot should he decide to come back for another visit. I’ll be keeping an eye out for him.

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Guess what? The Experts will be back tomorrow! Find out how they spent their early summer break. After the Experts Panel, I’ll reveal the answer to the current plant puzzler (you still have time to guess – the deadline is tonight at midnight MST). There will be imaginary prizes for all who play. Hope to see you back here.

 

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