Name Your Poison

This is an Eastern Black Swallowtail.

It uses a variety of plants as hosts for its caterpillars, even poison hemlock.

Interestingly, hemlock is what the ancient Greeks used to execute prisoners.

Think about it.

A tiny caterpillar can munch on a poisonous plant like candy while we would drop down dead if we tried the same thing.

This gives a new meaning to the expression, “Name your poison.” 

btrfly-name-poison

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Yellow Swallowtail

This appears to be an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail; however, it doesn’t have stripes like the ones I’ve seen in books.

If you are a butterfly expert, let me know.

Is this a different type of butterfly or just an odd member of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail family?

btrfly-swallowtail-yellow

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Swallowtail Sculpture

I must admit, it was easier to take a photo of this butterfly than what I usually experience.

I didn’t have to hold still to not frighten it.

I didn’t have to wait for it to give me the angle I wanted.

Also, I didn’t have to use a special lens.

Ah, the advantage of Legos.

lego-butterfly-swallowtail

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