Close Up Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly
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The Swallowtail butterflies are starting to show up now that Summer is fading and there are some wild flowers left in the fields. This big yellow butterfly was flying around the blue mist flowers and landing gently on the blossoms to look for nectar. Its legs take up almost the whole blossom bunch. Such a pretty insect.
The Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly is a favorite large butterfly (Papilionidae) of most people because of its brilliant colors. There are 600 species in the world but about 30 are in the United States -this one is in north Texas. Most have tails at their hind wings such as this one. They resemble a swallowtail bird and that is why they are named such. They feed on flowers and they do sip minerals and salts from mud or damp sand.
September 13th, 2021
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