Monday, May 26, 2014

New England Nature

Looked out bathroom window a few days ago to see yellow-and-black butterfly sipping from lilacs.  Guessed it was a viceroy, since it didn't look like a monarch.  (You might tell from this that I don't know from butterflies!)  However, there are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio...  With much novice frustration at hunting down wildlife in guides that cover at least half the country, I was inspired to search "massachusetts butterflies.  In only a few minutes I had nailed it as a probable Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, by the black streaks extending from the leading edges of the wings.  

AND the result of that brief web hunt gave me, as lagniappe, a new site to poke around in! 

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