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Black Swallowtail on Butterfly Bush

Helping the Butterfly Bush live up to its name a Black Swallowtail was enjoying the blooms.

Black Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail, Canon 100-400 mm Lens at 158mm

I may have mentioned this before, but I have not seen many butterflies of any kind so far this summer.

Black Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail, Canon 100mm Macro Lens

This one was a real beauty and a light breeze did not deter him from feeding.

Black Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail, Canon 100mm Macro Lens

Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle, Year 2

About a mile or so from where I saw the Black Swallowtail Butterflies for my post from March of 2020 I saw a similar scene April 12.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle
Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle

This year’s thistle flowers were a bit past their prime.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle
Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle

And the butterfly was showing some signs of wear, or a battle.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle
Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle

The wing tears did not impair his mobility, as he nimbly circled around the plant checking each of the spidery blooms.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle
Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle

Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle

A patch of thistle was growing at the edge of a parking area at Santee National Wildlife Refuge, Cuddo Unit. I suspect it was planted or at least encouraged by human intervention: it was a little too neat to be just wild.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle
Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle, Bee Photobomber

An assortment of insects were working the thistle blooms, with a Black Swallowtail standing out.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle
Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle

The blooms were in all stages of development, some well on their way to releasing seeds for a new crop.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle
Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle

Black Swallowtail

A pair of Black Swallowtails were doing their thing along the edge of a pond.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly
Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Quick poses then flitting along at full speed constituted much of the action.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly
Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Then they stopped for an interaction, somewhat shielded from my view by tall grass.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly Pair
Black Swallowtail Butterfly Pair

I liked the intersection of the curlicue vine with the butterfly’s antennae and the nicer view of the blue wing spots in this last image.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly
Black Swallowtail Butterfly

April 28. 2020

Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle

The four or five Swallowtails flitting around these thistle plants flew off when I drove by. I had room to stop, walked back and waited.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly
Black Swallowtail Butterfly

After a few minutes one returned and continued probing the thistle.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly
Black Swallowtail Butterfly

These butterflies were competing with some other flying insects, the tail end of one can be seen here sticking up out of the flower.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly
Black Swallowtail Butterfly