I have often said that the reason I blog about birds is because birds happen to be the animal that is plentiful in my backyard. If tigers were roaming about the property, then they would be the featured creatures.
Well, yesterday I did have the chance to take a picture of a beautiful tiger right in my own front yard…a Tiger Swallowtail that is!
Here are ten pictures of this lovely lady, and a handful of cool butterfly facts.
Did you know that butterflies wings are clear, but are covered with tons of teeny tiny scales that create their color patterns? (This fact came courtesy of Stokes Butterfly Book – a worthy purchase!)
Did you know that butterflies bask in the sun to absorb heat? They fly best when their body temperatures are between 85-100 degrees.
Did you know that butterflies taste with their feet, smell with their antennae, and soak up nectar through a tube-like tongue called a proboscis? In the picture below, the proboscis is curled up like a crazy straw.
Did you know that the lifespan of an adult butterfly is only about two weeks? Such beauty for such a short time!
She really is breathtaking. And if you don’t have a butterfly bush, you must plant one!