Cool Butterfly..

Toolfan66Toolfan66 Posts: 14,543
I went to the mail box yesterday afternoon , and when I came into the house I took off my hat, and to my surprise I find this butterfly resting on the bill of it, took me by surprise obviously, it was amazing to see, I took it back outside and got it to crawl on some off our flowers..

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  • shawn474shawn474 Posts: 3,134
    Beautiful!!!!

    I watch a ton of nature shows like planet earth and am always fascinated by nature and some of the random facts. If I am not mistaken that is a swallowtail butterfly - which has a life span of only two weeks!!!! Not to get sappy or sound corny, but it’s a shame that something that pretty only lives for a couple weeks.
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 17,518
    Pretty cool. Do not see as many of them like we used to as a kid.
  • GardenstaterGardenstater Posts: 1,473
    Ain't that the truth. Saw more Monarchs around here last year. I spoke to the township mower operator about not cutting down the milkweed on the side of this Berm that I ride my mountain bike on.
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  • BinKY188_5BinKY188_5 Posts: 103
    Beautiful! We still see quite a few here in rural western KY.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,573
    Tiger swallowtail, yes.
  • mrbigbluelightmrbigbluelight Posts: 8,151
    I'm sure you are all correct about it being a tiger yellowtail.
    Looking at Larry's pics, though, they all show the butterfly at rest in a wings open position.
    I always thought wings open meant moth, wings closed meant butterfly.

    I could be wrong (as if ! ).

    In any event...... Nice hat. :)
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  • sucks2bemesucks2beme Posts: 5,131
    It piggybacked into your home unannounced.
    Be glad it wasn't a murder hornet.
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  • verbverb Posts: 10,313
    Very cool! I don't recall ever seeing that here in the midwest.
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  • Toolfan66Toolfan66 Posts: 14,543
    I'm sure you are all correct about it being a tiger yellowtail.
    Looking at Larry's pics, though, they all show the butterfly at rest in a wings open position.
    I always thought wings open meant moth, wings closed meant butterfly.

    I could be wrong (as if ! ).

    In any event...... Nice hat. :)

    It’s wings were closed when I took my hat off, it opened them before I could get my phone out of my pocket..

  • agfrostagfrost Posts: 2,328
    I'm sure you are all correct about it being a tiger yellowtail.
    Looking at Larry's pics, though, they all show the butterfly at rest in a wings open position.
    I always thought wings open meant moth, wings closed meant butterfly.

    Butterflies often do rest with their wings folded, but it's not a rule--look at its antennae--butterflies have smooth "filament" antennae; moths have feathery antennae. 9snc240l7i8v.png

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,573
    @agfrost
    Dude! Good to see a post from you! Hope all is well!
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 17,518
    welcome back to the fold Jay ;)
  • GardenstaterGardenstater Posts: 1,473
    Always been fascinated by butterflies since a kid, manly or not lol.

    I believe yours is a Two-Tailed Swallowtail.

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    Swallowtail Pics:

    https://www.butterfliesathome.com/black-swallowtail-butterfly-comparison.htm

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  • GardenstaterGardenstater Posts: 1,473
    edited June 5
    I saw this one 4-1/2 yrs ago and got this shot. May be a Painted Lady, American Lady, or West Coast Lady. Not sure.

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  • agfrostagfrost Posts: 2,328
    Always been fascinated by butterflies since a kid, manly or not lol.

    I believe yours is a Two-Tailed Swallowtail.

    Nice catch! I was aware of Eastern/Western Tigers, but not the Two-tailed. Very cool. I spent a couple summers with my dad (a biology teacher and general outdoorsy guy) chasing, catching, and mounting butterflies for our collection. Great memories for me and I learned a lot then--still remember much of it!
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    @agfrost
    Dude! Good to see a post from you! Hope all is well!
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    welcome back to the fold Jay ;)

    Thanks Mark & Ivan; I've been around a couple/few times a week but not posting, apparently!
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