Location: Los Padres Nat’l Forest north of Ojai at a campground
july 15, 2013
the swallowtail butterfly was seen in the Los Padres Nat’l Forest north of Ojai at a campground on july 15.
Ed. Note: Our editorial staff was on the phone with Clare discussing some local land use issues when we spotted a Western Tiger Swallowtail landing on the shrubs in the garden. We quickly ended the call since we wanted to try to get some photos. A few minutes later when we were downloading the images, we found this email from Clare as well as several other insect images from her recent excursion north. As we have stated in the past, there are always Western Tiger Swallowtails present in our garden during the summer months, but they are not cooperative models as they never seem to land, preferring to soar over the garden in a lazy manner.