When a rumble of thunder startled me into running outside to bring sheets in off the clothesline this afternoon, I wasn't even thinking about butterflies. A few minutes later, though, the sight of this new visitor sent me flying inside for the camera.
This is the first time I've captured pictures of a female Eastern Black Swallowtail in our butterfly garden. Don't you just love the polka-dotted body?
I've added these and other pictures to my Butterfly Gallery on Flickr. Check them out!