Images of a female tiger swallowtail, and assorted caterpillars eating skin. I see something different in each, so if you want, expand each image and see what you see (or don't--go eat a donut, it's just as good if not better).
Today's swallowtail preferred hanging upside down, so pictures were harder to take--but in this one you get a good feel for the racing-stripe body.
Here is the full coloration and a cool strip of darker yellow on the right wing that looks as if someone put scotch tape on it.
I don't know what is on the proboscis, but I'm assuming pollen or nectar.
The irridescence of blue on the wing seems echoed in the one visible eye. I like this subtle framing of color.
I enjoy this one because of the nearby green fly perfectly squeezed into a butterfly bush bloom.
The backlit yellow wing--stunning, like a cathedral. And surely there is more sense of divine communion in this one organic life than all the immitative houses of worship put together.
This guy just molted and is hungry. Waste not want not. Maybe I'm jealous.
Did you ever have a glow worm doll as a child, that if squeezed, lit up? Please, don't squeeze my caterpillar (that is not a euphamism).