Western Tiger Butterfly

One of God’s most beautiful creations and also one of my favorite things to photograph are butterflies!  With yellow wings and black stripes, here is the appropriately named, Western Tiger Butterfly.


Western Tiger Butterfly

Western Tiger Butterfly

Considered a common swallowtail, there is nothing ordinary or common about this butterfly including its scientific name, “Papilio rutulus” (a name I will never remember).


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Papilio Rutulus

Did you see the blue and orange spots near its tails or hind wings often found on common swallowtail butterflies?


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Common Swallowtail Butterfly

Next time you are out walking in your garden, slow down!  You just might see a beautiful western tiger butterfly fluttering about from blossom to blossom.

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