Once again, there are Tiger Swallowtails in the yard. I photographed this variety here last year, just about a year to the day. And once again, this particular Tiger Swallowtail has a piece of his wings missing. I think it must be quite an "eat or be eaten" yard when it comes to the littlest of critters. I'm continually amazed at how "friendly" the swallowtails are. They flitter around from flower-to-flower, within inches of my camera, seemingly unfazed by my presence. In contrast, the Monarchs are much more skittish, and it's hard to capture their images without using the zoom function. This year's crop of Tigers seem to be paler in color, more of a cream than the almost butter yellow of last year. I guess all sorts of environmental factors come into consideration. We've had much more rain this year, with fewer extremely hot days. We've also had Black Swallowtails this year, captured digitally here in July. I'm not positive, but considering the timeframe, the swallowtail caterpillar I shot with my camera earlier this summer, might have been one of these Tigers.
They love my zinnias.
It's quite easy to see in this view why they are named Tiger! They are about 4-inches long and wide.
Captured mid-flight leaving one zinnia for another, I love this photograph! All photos clickable to enlarge, as always.