I think my favorite thing to photograph this summer has not been the birds or the blooms, but the butterflies. I went for a walk this morning and saw several of these beauties enjoying my neighbor’s Lantana. Like this female Tiger Swallowtail – isn’t she breathtaking? You can tell she is a female because the male lacks the patches of blue. I thought this second butterfly was a Black Swallowtail, but I was mistaken. Turns out it too is a female Tiger Swallowtail – only the black morph version. This Silver-spotted Skipper (at least I’m pretty sure that’s what it is) was also flitting about. If you click on the picture to see the larger version, you can see its curled up proboscis, which is like a straw it uses to suck up nectar. Here it is with the Swallowtail so you can see the size difference. I’m so thankful I have neighbors that don’t seem to mind me stalking about their yards with my camera!