1. Oh, isn’t it gorgeous. I adore butterfly’s. My favourite is the Ulysses butterfly. I’m not sure if they are outside Australia but can be found in far north Queensland in Australia. They’re truly stunning – a bright blue.

  2. I have nearly 30 Black Swallowtail caterpillars at this writing. I have released 25 healthy Monarchs, 1 Gulf Fritillary and near a dozen Pipevine Swallowtails.

  3. Enjoyed reading your story; sounds like a page from my Minnie Zoo.

  4. That butterfly is an Eastern Black Swallowtail female. I raise butterflies every summer in Michigan. Beautiful photo capture thanks for the story as well.

  5. Beautiful Story and pictures .I just started rearing butterflies.i had one just like that the other day on the same color zinnia (soul sisters) .It’s called a spicebush swallowtail ,so beautiful and big floats around like grace ,reminds me of a small bird .love your writing jealous love

  6. I did an image search for the butterfly – looks like a Black Swallowtail.

  7. Your butterfly is an Eastern Black Swallowtail! I only know because I just had 3 of the larvae go into their chrysalis stage…I found them on my parsley plant last week, looked them up and set up a “nursery” 🤓 Can’t wait for the butterflies!

  8. I looked on the chart that Lynx posted and the butterfly does look like a black swallowtail. It is a beautiful butterfly and you really captured it’s beauty! I’ve seen one on my flowers this year also !

  9. What a very beautiful butterfly, I have only seen one like that in a book,and your zinnias.(WoWza) So big and beautiful also. I haven’t planted zinnia seeds in a long time, but I will certainly will do so, God willing next year, after seeing yours. I had forgotten just how awesome they are, and what a nice bouquet they make too. Another Hot day today in Wisconsin..88 degrees at 12:30, but feels like 94…Yikes..Summer is here for sure…Hugs, Bonnie

  10. You captured the beauty of that blue butterfly perfectly! I love butterflies but have not seen one as gorgeous as this one! Your garden/patio looks gorgeous. Thanks for sharing Brenda

  11. Beautiful capture of this butterfly. I love to sit and watch butterflies and dagonflies flit around, so interesting. As you said like watching a dance.

    Yes, wait until next year to get a little help. It is already July so summer and hopefully the heat will be over soon.

    I hope that you had a relaxing weekend.

  12. Beautiful Brenda! That is a Black Swallowtail I think.

  13. Everything is looking good. I think your butterfly is a Spicebush Swallowtail. I love butterflies, they add so much color.

  14. That blue butterfly is a swallowtail, but I’m not quite sure which variety. Perhaps a tiger swallowtail. I saw one for the first time last summer and I’ve never seen one again.

    We have a lot of dragonflies here; I see several every day.

    The fireworks here continued all through the night. Poor Monkey was absolutely terrified. He hid under our bed all night long. I wore ear plugs to bed (plus we had our fan on high to try and drown out some noise) and when I woke up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, I figured I could take out my ear plugs. Nope, the fireworks were still going. I hate those things. The noise is so unfair to veterans with PTSD and for the outside creatures and for cats and dogs.

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