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Old Jun 15, 2012, 10:01 AM   #1
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From the backyard. More shots under this one on Flickr.

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Old Jun 15, 2012, 10:09 AM   #2
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Really beautiful Steve!! Well done
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That is a great shot Steve, well done. I think that is a female, don't think the males have the blue.

What kind of a plant do you have that attracts them?

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That is indeed a female jj. Thanks for commenting, and thank you Alex also. The plant is a butterfly bush, or buddhlia.
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I saw my first Swallowtail of the season yesterday. It was way to flighty to settle for a shot. However, I did see two Fritillary yesterday as well, the first of the season. I did get a good shot of one of them.

Just like your Swallowtail, the features were perfect. It tells me they are very young, perhaps just hatched. Soon, the wings will be tattered, and parts torn away. I think the lifespan is about two weeks.

Our Butterfly Bush is not quite in bloom yet. However, the Cone Flowers have just emerged, and that was the landing site for the Fritillary.

Not wanting to hijack, but here is the one shot yesterday ...
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I almost had a nice shot of one of those a month ago. Was walking a levee about a quarter mile from the car and one landed right next to me.Went to take his picture and realized that I had forgotten the battery. Oops!
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That is a spectacular shot of the tiger swallowtail, wow!!! Beautifully done.
I keep meaning to plant a butterfly bush but haven't gotten around to it.
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