Today, we had a surprise visit from a swallow tailed butterfly. I haven’t seen one of these in my garden before, or for many years, so I considered it a great honor that it chose to visit us today. It sat on one of our hydrangea bushes for a long time until we took a picture of it, and then it flew away. It’s camera shy.
Swallow tailed butterflies are from the family Papilionidae. There are 550 species, most of which are from tropical climates but can be found on all of the continents except Antarctica. The family includes the largest butterflies in the world. This one was about 4 inches across.