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Eastern Swallowtail Butterfly

posted Apr 13, 2010, 12:13 PM by Christine Merrill   [ updated Apr 17, 2010, 10:40 AM ]
Ok, it's not a Lige is astutely pointing out right now, it's an insect.  But it is huge and beautiful, and we got a lovely picture of it - who can resist?

This guy has an interesting story - we actually found him in our basement, hanging out very calmly, Easter morning.  We assume he came in as a caterpillar.  Fortunately, Lige and Ellis got butterfly nets for Easter (they were their Easter baskets!) and so they very carefully (with the help of Aunt Rosie) caught him in the nets and let him go outside.  Only, he wasn't in much of a rush to fly off.  Maybe he was tired because it was fast Sunday.  (If only he'd known it was General Conference!)  So Rosie took this picture of him for posterity.  I hope he got some energy later on - we didn't find him dead on the steps later, so he must have.  Anyway, here's some info on it, if you're interested.  Lige hopes to catch him again sometime.