Bobbie’s Flying Jewels

Black Swallowtail

 

 

Yellow or Tiger Swallowtail

These beautiful butterflies were among many (including monarchs and skippers) recently viewed in Bobbie Raymond’s zinnia garden.

 

Another in the family Papilionoidea

This Pipevine Swallowtail photographed by Suzanne Griffin and submitted here by Sue Milojevic.

The rain this year has prolonged the growing season for parsley, dill, fennel and rue plants on which swallowtails lay their eggs.

Here in northwest Indiana we have been seeing a lot more Monarchs (Danaus plexippus) this year.  No doubt helped along by the monarch nursery at the home of Master Gardener friend, Laurelle Miskowicz

 

 

 

Although most of the 550 species of swallowtails are found in warm tropical climates, those that are in colder climates overwinter as pupae.   Eastern  north American Monarch butterflies, on the other hand, migrate south to central Mexico in September and October.   Monarchs  living west of the Rocky Mountains winter in California near Santa Cruz and San Diego.

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