Really, it should be feed like a butterfly, a newly emerged one by the looks of it, for she was flitting frantically, erratically in the garden.
This Eastern Tiger Swallowtail seems so large, the wingspan was incredible as it floated among the flowers in the early morning sun.
Caterpillars had been seen munching on the fennel and parsley a few weeks earlier, growing fat and happy.
This was the first recent sighting of this Queen of the Garden. Inside we dashed to get the trusty camera, hoping to find the flutterby still feasting upon our return.
There she was, on the largest group of flowers in bloom here, the Lilium ‘Black Beauty’.
She was going at it with gusto, paying no attention as the human tiptoed under the dark foliage of Physocarpus ‘Summer Wine’ to get the right angle against the ever more glaring summer sun.
She was clumsy in her efforts, but her sticky feet allowed for even upside down nectaring.
She let me get quite close, but kept constantly moving in her frenzy.
She was a contortionist, captivating the camera toting audience.
Click, click, click, buzzzzz, the sound of the camera closing up shop as the batteries ran out.
Oh well, surely there will be some useable images in this set.
Nature’s magic reveals itself according to her own schedule. I try to be always ready to receive it.
The title of this post may be familiar to some of you, dear readers, and those who do know it will recognize that it has absolutely nothing to do with gardening. But here is what it does refer to: