Story Behind the Photo: Butterfly’s in the backyard The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Authors note: The link that i set up should take you to the Wikipedia page for the butterfly species that i photographed for this article.

So what can I tell you about this particular bug, other than it has a ridiculously long English name? The scientific name for this species of butterfly is Papilio glaucus. Which in all honesty is the better sounding name but I tend to like short names overall. Here are some other facts; this particular species of insect cover a huge range of territory all over North America.

A female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly resting atop of a orange and pink flower.

I captured these images in the early morning outside my parents backyard. the nice thing about their backyard thanks to all the flowers they plant every year you get to see some pretty cool creatures.

The particular bug that i photographed here has the morphing/coloring of a female of this Papilio glaucus. species. Both having the orange and black tiger like pattern but what distinguishes this as female as a opposed to a male is the coloring or morphology. Females have blue spots as a part of their morphology. Males on the other hand are just orange and black.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly sitting ontop of flowers preparing to feed on it's nectar.

I’d like to imagine that this butterfly thoroughly enjoyed the nectar it gathered from the flowers in much the same way that I like to drink of tea after a long exhausting day. Although with it being summer here I think if i’m having any tea it would be iced. Actually with it being as hot as it’s been anything iced would be really nice!

Published by Scooty Puffs

Freelance Photographer Photo Blogger

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