Monday, July 16, 2007

Black Tiger

The female Tiger Swallowtail
can be yellow with more blue than the male
or black.

In this form she mimics the Pipevine Swallowtail which is unpalatable to birds.


Chrissie said...

I do love your butterflies! Feeling calm and chilling out :-)

Mary said...

Have you ever counted the species that visit you? Honestly, I think I've only seen about 3 or 4 different butterflies at my house.

Anonymous said...

The butterflies love you!

Q said...

Dear Chris,
I love yours too!
I am offering cooling waters with a slice of lime today. For supper, zucchini with fresh sliced tomatoes. Too hot to cook!
I think eating raw is delicious.
I am trying to chill....the ac is on and I have my fans blowing. One for the head and one for the feet!
I seem to run extra warm these days!

Q said...

Dear Mary,
I do keep a list of butterflies that come into the yard each month.
So far in July I have seen 26 different species in my yard. I also write what they were nectaring on and the date.
I also have a life list of all the different butterflies I have seen.
I do my butterflies like I do my birds.
As I increase my host plants I should see more. There are over 200 different species in my area. Next there are the moths...
With my not sleeping very well I think I will go moth hunting in the middle of the night. At least I would be entertained.

Q said...

Hi Becky!!
I have missed you.
So glad all is okay, I have been sending blessings..
I love the butterflies too.
They are so beautiful.
Not as social as the birds but a few are getting to know me.
Snout is a very sweet butterfly.

The French Nest said...

Beautiful photo of the Black Tiger butterful, Sherry!

I feel so proud of myself when a visitor to the gardens I work at asks me a question re: the gardens, or identifying a flower or an insect because now I can actually respond with a correct answer, and that is only because of visiting your blog! It is so educational, inspiring and beautiful.


Q said...

Dear Kate,
Thank you.
I hope the photos and the happy ways show how important it is to care for the birds and bugs abd blooms!
I have begun a study of trees.
On my daily walk I have decided to do a tree a day! I take my ohotos and do my research. I am writing about this on Walking In Beauty. A butterfly or a bird could pop up!
I am honoured!
Thank you.
Butterfly Wings and Bird Songs,

Mary said...

Moth hunting in the middle of the night! LOL! You are too much, lady. 26 species! I need more attractive plants here. I can't wait!

Q said...

Dear Mary,
I heard an expression once, "You can sleep when your dead".
I guess so!
The Luna Moth comes out after dark. She "scents" from midnight to three am. and the male finds her.....
Well, I'm awake. Just laying in bed "resting". I could be mothing.
I have a "star flash light" that is infered. I could see just fine with that. Now I need to figure out a moth light to attract them..
So many bugs, so much to learn.