Madame Butterfly

tiger swallowtail

Just look at this Tiger Swallowtail I caught floating through the Atlanta Botanical Garden. I’ve seen thousands of Tiger Swallowtails in my life, but I don’t remember any of them having these Caribbean-blue peacock-plume like spots at the bottom of their wings.  Nor do I remember any of them being this big—maybe a full five or six inches across.

I did a little research when I got home. Turns out that female Tiger Swallowtails have blue at the bottom of their wings. Males do not.

You go girl!

PS- Mental note: Pay closer attention to things in the future. Who knows what else I’m missing out on? (Ron says lots.)

PPS- (or is it PSS?) If you love Botanical Gardens as much as I do, here is a list of 55 awesome ones:


  1. Susan Hanley says:

    Love the new header!
    Beautiful image – and I LEARNED something about butterflies.
    You go girl!

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