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September 2, 2007

Butterflies

This has been a good summer for butterflies in my little corner of the world. I’ve seen a lot more variety this year than in past years, and yesterday I sighted a Western Tiger Swallowtail in a pepper tree in the yard behind ours. It surprised me, and at first glance I thought I was seeing an oriole making like a butterfly, it was so large. I haven’t seen many swallowtails since I was a kid, and then I usually saw darker, smaller ones, maybe the Anise Swallowtail, which looks more familiar to me. I think the most common butterfly of my childhood was the Mourning Cloak, but I rarely see those now.

File: — Barbara @ 9:06 pm PST, 09/02/07

1 Comment

  1. Marion says:

    We have the Western Tiger up North here; it flits around the garden in great numbers.

    Butterflies bring joy; I am always happy to see them. Unfortunately, a lot of gardeners use sprays that kill butterflies as well as whatever pest they’re trying to eradicate.


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