Saturday, August 2, 2008

Mr. DeMille-I'm Ready For My Closeup!

This two-tailed swallowtail didn't seem to mind my presence. It was too busy sippin' on some lily nectar! I was a little afraid that it was going to fly towards me in the car window. I used to be terribly afraid of them as a child. Now I plant to attract them. Plants they like-lillies, daisies, black eye susans, coneflowers, butterfly bush, lamb's ears. This particular butterfly seems to like just about every flower in bloom! I use no pesticides or herbicdes, which helps attract and retain these beauties as well. The odd thing about this swallowtail is that it is native to the Western United States. What it is doing in C-Town (Cleveland) is beyond me!
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