Female Eastern Tiger Swallow Tail

I finally got the female Eastern Tiger Swallow Tail on camera (bottom.) A male was also resting on a tree branch nearby this morning (top).


First Fruit

I enjoyed the first fruit of my labors today, a huge yummy tomato. There's a couple others coming along, including the one pictured to the left.


South Carolina Butterflies

These two butterflies were hanging out today on our butterfly bushes. These two butterfly species are common visitors to our home. I've also spotted a female tiger swallow tail; she's the same shape as the male but black with blue iridescent scales on the lower wings, but she was a little camera shy.

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) - The caterpillars dine only on the passionvine. The adult butterflies migrate north to the Central U.S. Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) prefer these purple flowers to yellow flowers. Skippers are a group of insects usually included with the butterflies, but they have stocky bodies similar to moths.