Some of you might remember these pics I took of a caterpillar we found in our yard awhile back. See the kooky markings that look like eyes and the antennae that looks like a snake tongue?
My pal Andrea did a little Googling on it and told me she thought it was a Tiger Swallowtail caterpillar. Good researching Andrea!!
Anyway, this afternoon I was gazing out my kitchen window at some flowers I planted with Gooser last year. He was really into butterflies because his preschool had done a project where they raised caterpillars which became chrysalises and then butterflies (and were ultimately released for a symbolic Mother's Day ceremony) so we planted "butterfly bushes" to attract more to our yard.
So, as I said, I was looking out the window and I saw the most beautiful butterfly--I don't think I'd seen one that looked like this before--on our flowers. The kids and I went out to look at it and I got some decent pics:
I was struck by the dramatic extensions at the bottom of the wing. The kids and I did some research and--guess what?--this is the butterfly that belongs to our weird caterpillar. More specifically--an adult male Tiger Swallowtail butterfly.
See what happens when you join Candid Carrie's Friday Foto Fiesta? You learn something new!! Thanks for stopping by and please refer to me as the nature detective from now on!!