Monarch butterflies on echinacea (coneflower)
This Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly, with rich iridescent blue on her tail, is a female.
Male swallowtails don't have the blue tails.
This black swallowtail butterfly with iridescent blue on her tail is a "dimorphic" female variety.
A bumble bee coated with pollen visits an echinacea (coneflower).
A bumble bee on the left and a honey bee on the right.
Gotta love all pollinators!
These are all such great shots, Jack!
Nice series Jack.
Absolutely beautiful. I had a dear friend of 92 yrs. young who was exceptionally knowledgeable about butterflies. Today's offering reminded me of her. Thanks for the exquisite photos and the memories.
They are a pleasure to see.
I'm always jealous of those who have Monarch butterflies to enjoy as we don't have an equivalent here. We do have a species of Swallowtail, but they are only found in a few isolated locations - must plan a visit sometime.
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