Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly

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I took this photo three years ago right after I moved into the house where I currently reside. I spotted this butterfly perched atop a zinnia I’d grown from seed and discovered it is called a Spicebush Swallowtail. Do all butterflies have names joyful enough for Vaudeville?

Spotted: Red Admiral Butterfly

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On Sunday, a butterfly lingered on a white echinacea bloom I was photographing. This flower must have been particularly delightful to the insect kind, for it is the same flower that attracted the green sweat bee I posted over the weekend.

I’m not well versed at all in insect identification, so I had to look this one up online. It is a Red Admiral butterfly. Its scientific or binomial name is Vanessa atalanta, which also sounds like a dynamite stage name.

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