Subject: Perhaps Black Swallowtail Butterflies?
Geographic location of the bug: Coryell County, TX
Time: 03:28 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hello again!
Just wanted to share these beautiful butterflies visiting the phlox yesterday; warm weather here. I think these are Black Swallowtails. You have kindly identified them for me before. Two flew off together, dancing around each other in the air.
Thank you and very best wishes!
How you want your letter signed: Ellen
You are correct that these are Black Swallowtails. Both individuals are female Black Swallowtails which have a generous dusting of blue scales on the hind wings while male Black Swallowtails have more yellow spots. Has your Whitelined Sphinx returned???
Good morning, and thank you! Yes, the White-lined Sphinx has returned, with another individual, and actual hummingbirds also, Black-chinned and Ruby-throated. The Sphinx are beautiful moths, and I had never noticed them in our yard before this year, although my neighbor has had them visit for several years. One has been visiting the always-popular Salvia greggii.
I hope you’ll both have a wonderful day.