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Tiger Swallowtail

Lately I’ve been wondering why I haven’t seen any Tiger Swallowtails around my yard, though I’d been seeing them flitting around Belfair and Nisqually.

They seem late this year, but yesterday while we were eating dinner I noticed that one had landed on the Crocosmia and seemed to be hanging around instead of just flitting by. I excused myself, to my camera and spent the next ten minutes taking pictures:

Tiger Swallowtail on crocosmia

I’d never seen a Swallowtail so indifferent to movements around him, but I’m certainly not complaining because I love how the red flower contrasts with the yellow and black:

Tiger Swallowtail on crocosmia