Sunday, October 12, 2014

Garden Guest: Tiger or maybe Giant Swallowtail?

The north side of our front yard is a certified  National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat.  Really!  We have a certificate!  You can do the same by providing food, water, cover and places for wildlife to raise their young.  It is so much fun to see all of the critters that stop by for a visit.  I've begun a new series of posts to show you our Garden Guests. 

If you would like to see more, check my Gardening Page!

OK, so there is a much better photo of a Tiger Swallowtail HERE.  These photos are pretty blurred, even after editing.

I'm not sure if this is a Tiger or a Giant Swallowtail even though I've cruised several sites trying to figure out the difference by appearance.  The blue gray plant in the background is Rue.  It's a host plant for Giant Swallowtails.

This butterfly was almost completely black.

Tiger Swallowtails are usually more yellow and actually hold still while you try to photograph them.  ;-)  This one was moving frantically throughout the Rue.  'Sorry.  The pictures are pretty awful, but if there are any butterfly experts reading this, please give your opinion.  Tiger or Giant?  What makes you think so?  My vote is for Giant, but...
Have you heard Your Daddy's Boots by Dustin Lynch?  My favorite line is "Barbed wire tough, Cowboy cool"  I'd like to know when Dustin met my daddy!  ;-)
So, what's happening in your back yard?
;-)  -Marci


  1. Great photos. I think the photos came out good. It seems whenever I see a butterfly in the garden it always gets away before I photo. Catherine

  2. Gorgeous butterfly pictures!!! I had not heard this song before but I like it. Reminds me of my grandpa


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