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Inspired by Ginni2 and schutkleur, I snapped some photos of this Eastern tiger swallowtail on my morning walk. Taken with my Samsung phone, so most of my attempts were total blurs as he flitted about. The bush is growing wild at the side of the road and the Seek app seemed nailed it as a harlequin glorybower. It has a very strong, pleasant scent.
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4felines

LOL!

Orella

@4felines I know about those wasp predators and should have remembered to protect the little ones with nylon netting. Sometimes my "forgetter" works better than my "rememberer"!

4felines

@Orella, I raised Monarchs, Eastern Black Swallowtails, and a few other kinds of butterflies years ago. However, I grew them indoors with an excellent survival rate. But, this summer, an Eastern Black Swallowtail deposited eggs on my outdoor container of parsley. I was excited to watch the female flit over the parsley to lay her eggs. And I loved watching them develop into tiny caterpillars.

Sadly, these cats met the same fate as yours. It was a wasp-like villain whom I saw hanging around. Most people do not know how many predators are out there and how few butterflies survive in the wild. ~Martha

PaxLab

Thank you, Martha! I have been solving for years, but am pretty new at posting.

PaxLab

Thank you for your story, Orella. I am sorry they disappeared, and I hope more appear.

4felines

Your phone camera made an excellent picture of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, @PaxLab. Like you, I have difficulty taking pictures of insects with my phone when they flit about. This butterfly is quite beautiful, as is the bush. We have small glory bower trees here that are stunning in bloom. Your description of the bush seems to be the same as our glory bower trees, sometimes called Luminescent Glory Bower. Thank you for the interesting narrative. Understanding a photo helps when you know something about it. ~Martha

schutkleur

There may soon be more large butterfly puzzles PaxLab, and I hope you will find more butterflies for us to solve :)))

Orella

I had the delight of raising Eastern Swallowtails in 2015, so when a few sprigs of volunteer dill came up in my garden this Spring and I transplanted a few into pots on my sun porch. Two days ago, I spotted three black specks with yellow bands and was ecstatic! I set the healthier potted plants among them but today I can't find a single one of the developing Swallowtails.

PaxLab

My pleasure, Patsy! I am glad you enjoyed it.

beyondwords

Swallowtails are my favourites, and this one is familiar from my childhood in Oklahoma. The flowers and buds are very interesting. Thank you for all. ~Patsy

PaxLab

Thank you! I will watch for the fruits and try crushing the leaves! I pass it on my walks, one or more times daily but have never noticed it before. A few days ago, the scent caught my attention. This morning, the butterfly was a special treat. I am especially aware of butterflies with the recent large puzzles you have posted!

schutkleur

Great photo PaxLab!! I love swallowtail butterflies! Wish I got to see more of them around here!!
The bush is great too. Looks to be just starting to bloom.
The flowers and their scent are lovely, but I also love the fruits it will produce : bright blue and red :)
We named the bush after another scent it produces when you crush the leaves : "Pindakaasboom", which translates into peanutbutter tree:)))

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