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Subject: Butterfly/Moth
Location: Indiana
January 17, 2017 7:36 pm
Found this butterfly/moth unable to fly. I tried to offer it some sugar water and fruit, but it didn’t live long after I found it.
Signature: Eliza

Deformed Tiger Swallowtail

Dear Eliza,
This is a Tiger Swallowtail, and for some reason its wings failed to expand after emerging from the Chrysalis.

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Subject: Urban Oasis for Butterflies
Location: Harker Heights, Texas
November 15, 2016 9:00 pm
Hello again!
Bad news: I had to have dental surgery. 🙁
Good news: My very-excellent-surgeon has built a new office building, complete with wildlife gardens that he and his wife planted. 🙂
Clouds of butterflies are enjoying their gardens. Eighty-three degrees today, with not a cloud in the skies.
I saw monarchs, queens (I think? some mating), American snouts, giant swallowtails, sulphurs, skippers, whites, emperors, maybe sleepy oranges, tiny blues… all so beautiful.
Hoping you’re both having a great week.
Signature: Ellen

Queens

Queens

Dear Ellen,
We are sorry to hear about your surgery, and we think it is amazing that you took your camera with you to the dentist.  We love your images of Queens, a Monarch and a Giant Swallowtail.

Monarch

Monarch

Thank you! I had to return to the dental surgeon’s office a second day, oh joy, and took my camera then. The surgeon and staff had invited me into the employees’ courtyard to take photos because I admired the gardens through the picture windows when I saw them on the first day. So very kind of them!

Butterflies

Butterflies

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Subject: Bug identification
Location: Munhall PA 15120
November 10, 2016 6:07 pm
This bug appeared on my watering vase when watering my yellow mums.
Signature: Ernie

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Dear Ernie,
The small colorful moth is an Ailanthus Webworm, and your other image appears to be a dead female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, based on the blue coloration on the hind wings, as depicted in this BugGuide image.

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Subject: Pipevine Swallowtail?
Location: Coryell County, TX
November 1, 2016 1:46 pm
Hello, I’m seeing these beautiful butterflies again, almost exactly a year since I last noticed them. I think they are Pipevine Swallowtails. Some others have more blue iridescence when their wings are opened than this beauty; you had said that the ones that are more blue are likely males.
The plant is Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii), and the red variety remains the most popular with the butterflies. I think a dried petal landed on the butterfly’s wings in some of the photos.
Signature: Ellen

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

Hi Ellen,
Your most recent images of a Pipevine Swallowtail are lovely, and we really continue to enjoy the detailed sighting descriptions you always provide.

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

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Subject: Great Swallowtail
Location: Coryell County, Texas
October 12, 2016 1:27 pm
Hello again! I thought you might like to see this Great Swallowtail, photographed through the window as it visited a hanging basket of Portulaca flowers today. (Used auto-correct for the photos as they had a haze.) Of course the butterfly flew off as I s-l-o-w-l-y opened the door, as always. 😀
Hope you are both well.
Signature: Ellen

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Good Morning Ellen,
Thanks so much for sending us a new image of a Giant Swallowtail, not a Great Swallowtail, which to the best of our knowledge is not a recognized common name.

October 12, 2016 1:34 pm
I’m so sorry, I meant to write Giant Swallowtail. I think it’s a Giant Swallowtail as you’ve very kindly identified them for me before. Hope you’re having a great week! Thank you
Signature: Ellen

Update:  October 16, 2016
Subject: More Giant Swallowtails
Location: Coryell County, Texas
October 16, 2016 3:00 pm
I’ve never seen as many Giant Swallowtails near our house as I have this month. We did have some summer rain, which is unusual, so their host plants may be thriving. The pictured plants are natives, Texas Rock Rose (Pavonia lasiopetala) and Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii). I’m not sure if these are of the same individual butterfly. The swallowtails seem to be patrolling the gardens.
Signature: Ellen

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Dear Ellen,
Thanks for the update on your Giant Swallowtail sightings.  That head on view of the Giant Swallowtail flying towards the camera is amazing.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

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Subject: unknown insect attacking butterfly
Location: Forest Road 22 at Brice Creek east of Cottage Grove, Oregon
September 22, 2016 3:39 pm
Taking pictures of a Clodius Parnassian butterfly when I saw some winged insect attempting to land on the butterfly’s abdomen. I shooed it away from the butterfly. Later when I was checking my photos I found that I had actually snapped it while it was just about to land on the butterfly. The closest I could come to a partial ID is some kind of carpenter ant. Just don’t know if the size is a match and it is actually something else.
Signature: G Price

Parnassus Butterfly and Beetle

Parnassus Butterfly and Beetle

Dear G Price,
This is some species of Beetle, probably a Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae.  Unfortunately, there is not enough detail for us to determine a species.  We do not think it is attaching this lovely Clodius Parnassian, but rather, more of an accidental encounter.  We have so few examples of Parnassian Butterflies on our site.

Thanks for the tip.  Maybe next year I’ll be able to get a better
capture of it when I’m in the area again.   Feel free to add the
Parnassian to your group if you’d like.

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