Posts Tagged ‘ tiger swallowtail ’

Ironweed and Butterflies

September 15, 2014
Ironweed and Butterflies

Some ironweed growing in the backyard attracted a lot of butterflies this summer.  Here are a couple of butterfly pictures (tiger swallowtail and great spangled fritillary).

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Tiger Swallowtail on Ironweed

August 13, 2013
Tiger Swallowtail on Ironweed

Tiger swallowtails could also be seen on ironweed growing at Sky Meadows State Park.

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Sunshine and Butterflies

August 12, 2013
Sunshine and Butterflies

Here are some pictures my wife took during a family hike yesterday at Sky Meadows State Park near Delaplane, Virginia. I wonder if the wing damage visible on these tiger swallowtails was caused by the spines on the thistles they are attracted to.

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Tiger Swallowtails on Wild Bergamot

July 31, 2013
Tiger Swallowtails on Wild Bergamot

These butterflies were on some wild bergamot growing along the side of a gravel road near my house. Wild bergamot is also known as bee-balm (Monarda fistulosa).

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Rabble of Butterflies

June 11, 2013
Rabble of Butterflies

When going out for a jog the other day, I noticed this group of tiger swallowtail butterflies along our driveway. In addition to the usual yellow and black, you can also see a couple dark morph females. Living in Virginia, I’ve noticed some good looking license plates featuring our official state insect, the tiger swallowtail…

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Joe-Pye Weed

August 7, 2012
Joe-Pye Weed

Can you spot the tiger swallowtail?

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