Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tiger Swallowtails

I was packing up the June decorations when I looked out the back door.
As if in a dream I saw her.

The Female Tiger Swallowtail in her black form is elegant.

She is gorgeous. If I was to be a butterfly I would want to be her.
I love her tiger stripes, subtle yet apparent.
Her all black body is so pretty.
She is my first Black Tiger of the season.

While I was photographing Miss Black in came a female Yellow Tiger.
I could tell by the row of irredecent blue markings on her upper wings.

Black flew and opened her wings.
I looked about and here was a male!

No blue on his upper wings.
He is a gorgeous mate.

An older Tiger came to the Bee Balm.
 It is just begining to bloom.
I turned to go back into the house and saw a Monarch land in the back butterfly bush.
It needs to be deadheaded so it will bloom again.
I have another butterfly bush near the deck that is just beginning to bloom.

July is almost upon us.
Temperatures are to soar.
I will not mind as long as there are Tigers in the gardens.


Wendy said...

Oh Sherry, I am so excited for you!! What a magical find in your garden! I just love how you've captured the light shining through the butterfly's wings.

Have a wonderful day, my friend and thanks for this post. It does my heart the world of good.

Cathy said...

Oh lucky you! Send a few along my way.

Anonymous said...

stunning !!!! There is nothing more beautiful than the new beginnings that a butterfly represents !!

Vetsy said...

Happy 4th of July to you..

Soooo..pretty, I'm so glad you shared your butterfly photo's and helped me distinguished the male from female.

Last year I had lots of butterflies visit, but this year so far, I had only one or two visit. I wonder was it because of the unusual rains that were non-stop this spring in my state
( Michigan) Any-who...

I love your photo. Very nice.

Anonymous said...

There are many beautiful Pics on Your blog. That's a pure talent & good eye. Many blessings & keep shining:-)