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Pipevine Swallowtail & Red-Spotted Purple

14 years ago

I've been missing pipevine swallowtails this year - there's nothing as pretty (to me) as the extensive metallic turquoise on males! Yesterday, while I was dead-heading spent flowers on my Ellen's Blue butterfly bush, a gorgeous male briefly nectared, so briefly, that by the time I got my camera out of my pocket, he had flown off! :( Here's hoping a female will show up and lay some eggs on the miles and miles of A. tomentosa and A. macrophylla in my garden beds!

A big, probably female red-spotted purple/Limenitis arthemis emerged yesterday from my last chrysalis. Another one spent all afternoon "nectaring" on the new stepping stones we laid from the front porch to the gate. Every year, red-spotted purples "nectar" for hours on the front porch - now they've discovered the stones!


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