Swallowtail on Teasel

Photographs accumulate over the summer when subjects are plentiful and days are long. I always enjoy inclement winter days when I catalog photographs that were ignored during the summer – and can share a few.

One of our largest butterflies, the two-tailed swallowtail exhibits a bright yellow and black pattern and has projections from the rear of the hind wings. Red and blue color the margins of the hind wings.

My post “Two-tailed Swallowtail” on 07-04-2012 discussed this western butterfly. At the time I had photographs of a two-tailed swallowtail on the side of one of our outbuildings. This past summer I photographed a two-tailed swallowtail (Papilio multicaudata) feeding on teasel near Baum Lake (Shasta County CA).

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