I was sitting in the sun yesterday afternoon in my garden and saw this beautiful Giant Swallowtail butterfly floating around all my plants.
Finally it found what it was looking for: my Rue plants. I had planted them last year specifically for the Giant Swallowtail -- it is their main host plant.
She bounced around on the two plants and finally came to rest and laid a few eggs:
And then floated lazily in circles all over the yard again...
Here are two posts from last year about the swallowtail and Rue. I wrote about them in June -- they are really early this year!