Big news today – A Harrier came scooting by too fast for me to get a picture – and, we saw the second Monarch of the month, but again, come and gone before I could get a picture, so . . .
Correct me if you can – it would be appreciated, but I believe today’s butterfly is a Common Eastern Black Swallowtail – but a rather uncommon example. That is he lacks the blue on the smaller wings and I don’t see an eyespot. But my little “Golden Guide to Butterflies and Moths” says the Swallowtail “has variable markings. Some males have hardly any blue on the hindwing. . .” Yep! “The spots may be larger or may be orange instead of yellow.” Uh huh – how about some of them being white? “. . .or the spots maybe greatly reduced.”
OK – given all those possibilities, this sure looks like a Common Eastern Black Swallowtail to me and it was behaving as they are supposed to behave -s taying low. And besides, I can’t find anything else that comes close to it. Take a look.
That’s all for today folks.
Except Eliza is still too excitable -even after her walk!