Tiger Swallowtail Black Phase

black phase tiger swallowtail
Black Phase Tiger Swallowtail

Another visitor to the yard, a tiger swallowtail, and this time a black phase female. I saw a regular swallowtail yesterday, yellow with black stripes, but couldn’t get a photo in time. I’m so happy to see her. My yard is typically full of them, but with few flowers after the groundhogs and deer had their way.

She had to check each of the white verbena flowers, but she never stopped flapping her wings, especially her forewings.

Black Phase Tiger Swallowtail
Digging in.

Look at those legs, and those spots! Circles and triangles, so fashionable.

Black Phase Tiger Swallowtail
Look at those legs!

This mid-flight photo was really interesting.

Black Phase Tiger Swallowtail
In flight.
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