October 19, 2009
I’ve had a difficult time identifying this butterfly. It has markings similar to a Pipvine Swallowtail, but not close enough for a positive ID. Observed 10-18-2009 in Central Texas. Can you help?
McKinney Falls St. Park, Austin TX
Your lovely little butterfly is much too small to be a swallowtail. It is a Great Purple Hairstreak. Your photo is exquisite.
Thank you for the kind words. What a magnificent butterfly! It never opened its wings on the flower, so I never saw the beautiful colors on its back.
Thank you for the identification!