Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - Dark-Phase

Not only bees

Hi! This is Adriana, the beekeeper from South Mountain Bees.

The nice part of gardening for bees is that you get rewarded with wonderful visitors.

I planted blue lobelia several years ago, and it keeps coming back stronger every year. Unlike weeds, having a butterfly magnet that keeps coming back is a gardener's dream.

We usually get Eastern Tiger Swallowtails like this one.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

But I saw this beauty, and it wasn't a Black Swallowtail or a Spicebush Swallowtail, it was an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail dark-phase. You can see the faint tiger stripes here.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Dark-Phase (ventral)

Apparently only female Tiger Swallowtails have a dark version, and the rumor is that males prefer the yellow ones, so that's why there are fewer of them. So she's not only beautiful, but also rare.

Here's a dorsal view.

It was a treat to have her enjoy the blue lobelia. I leave you with this short clip of her visit. 


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