Monday, July 25, 2016

1st Tiger Swallowtail Of 2016

My contribution to Michelle's Nature Notes (# 372).

This is the first Tiger Swallowtail I've been able to snap pictures of this year. Generally I have tons of pics of them by June. Same with the Monarchs (btw, I have zero Monarch pics this year).


Speaking of my old elementary school, I was walking Theda and spotted this chipmunk on a stump next to the path. Theda was looking ahead and never saw it.

The local crepe myrtles are strutting their stuff:

Here's an article about pruning them. I see people around here that cut theirs back to post stumps every year.

Mouse over pics for captions, and click them for larger versions.
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19 comments:

Bob Bushell said...

I love the Swallowtail, beautiful.

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Love chippies...so cute but we rarely see them. I saw swallowtails in spring but nothing now. Yours is gorgeous!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The Swallowtail is beautiful and I hope you get some Monarchs too (I know that there are fewer and fewer of them and that is so sad). Crepe Myrtle doesn't grow in the Pacific Northwest, so we didn't see it until our first RV trip south -- I was in awe at their beauty.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Love the delicate butterflies! And thanks for helping with the id on my dragonfly! You're the best! Hugs, Diane

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

awwww the swallowtails are so lovely.

TexWisGirl said...

nice.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Aren't they lovely?!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Gorgeous butterfly! The chipmunk is so cute. Enjoy your week.

KL said...

Lovely pictures of swallowtail and chipmunks. I hope you get monarchs soon and I hope they survive and do not become extinct.

fredamans said...

Stunning Swallowtail shots!!

Cloudia said...

Dang pretty on that BLUE!

Marie C said...

I adore crepe myrtles! You got some really beautiful photos. Such a great post!

jandi said...

beautiful butterflies, blooms and chipmunk!

orchid Miyako said...

Hello; What GORGEOUS Tiger Swallowtail photo with blue color flower♪ Love the sweet squirrel and beautiful crepe myrtles as well.
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

Frank Boxell said...

The Swallowtail is a stunning flutter. I hope you get to see and shoot some Monarchs before too long.

Connie Smiley said...

Love the Swallowtail! Same with us on the butterflies. Only a few Swallowtails have appeared, and I saw one Monarch only fleetingly.

Helma said...


In a word awesome! I am a little bit (positive) envy those beautiful butterfly in your first two photos! The little squirrel is great to see. The flowers are upsetting surprising and exciting to see.
Great blog!

bettyl-NZ said...

Everything you captured in this post is just awesome to see! The little chipmunk is adorable!

Rambling Woods said...

I love the swallowtails and I have seen them but not much of anything else.... It is sad... Michelle