Saturday, July 5, 2008

Death of a Swallowtail

Recently bought 2 year-old Hazelnut a butterfly net since I spent a lot of time when I was really little chasing butterflies around the orchard besides our house, mostly the little white cabbage butterflies or yellow sulphurs you see everywhere, but now and then a monarch or viceroy or swallowtail as well. At any rate, Hazel was definitely enjoying our attempts in the in-laws' backyard around their garden. Unfortunately, this virtually universally catch-and-release pursuit ended badly for the luckless spicebush swallowtail here. I ended up sitting it on a flower for a nice pic, but obviously a shame that the critter had already crumped.

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