I was in the garden when something caught my eye. At first, I thought it was a bird. Then I thought it was a hummingbird moth before I finally realized it was a butterfly.
Not just any butterfly—it was a new-to-me butterfly, which is always exciting.
As usual, I didn’t have my phone or camera with me. So I ran inside for my camera, ran back out, and started taking pictures. Once I was done, it only took me a few minutes of Googling to identify the butterfly.
Just have a look at this beautiful Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor).
I learned one way to identify and differentiate Pipevine Swallowtails from other swallowtails is by the single C-shaped row of orange spots on the underside of the hindwing.
You can clearly see the orange spots in this picture—I love the vibrant orange and blue!
I didn’t get any great pictures with its wings open, but you can see the iridescent blue on its hindwings in this picture.
Another view of this beautiful butterfly.