Found on tail along the top of the earthen dam at Hubbard Valley park. There was a wind blowing and the butterfly was hanging on to the grass to keep from being blown away. One of its tails is missing.
This species is called Eastern Black Swallowtail according to Dale Clark, Dallas County Lepidopterist's Society webpage.
Wonderful to find so many butterflies already this year but would be really nice if we had some flowers in bloom to give some better perches.
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
20 April 2013
Ferry Point Park, Q.A. Co., MD April 13, 2013
male, he didn't want to stop for a picture
My first decent shot of a Black Swallowtail. I have such a huge backlog of photos to post; tonight I figured I'd at least post a token one, & I was in the mood for something big & flashy. View large here.