There were a lot of these today about 4:30 pm along the shores of the Bittern marsh. Feast of the day were blooming plum bushes.
An interesting observation was what appears to be an Eastern Tiger Swallow Tail having a territorial battle with a Eastern Black Swallowtail. The Tiger repetitively pounced the Black and they'd go at it all around the plums and then settle back down to separate areas. Went on for nearly 30 minutes off and on.
Witnessed first flight
Soaking up some morning sun along the Texas Buckeye Trail in the Great Trinity Forest
Western Tiger Swallowtail butterfly on the Blackjack Trail at Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
first one of the season here in the park, mudding in the shallow water of White's Creek
The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) is a species of swallowtail butterfly native to North America. It is one of the most familiar butterflies in the eastern United States, where it is common in many different habitats. It flies from spring to fall, during which it produces two to three broods. Adults feed on the nectar of many species of flowers, mostly from those of the Apocynaceae, Asteraceae, and Fabaceae families. P. glaucus has a wingspan...