This summer, our flowers have brought an abundance of Tiger Yellow Swallowtail butterflies, and often there would be as many as four or five on the butterfly bush at once. They are identified by their black stripes. However, the females have a characteristic blue band on the bottom of their wings.
Tiger Yellow Swallowtail
For the first time this year, we have noticed a new guest enjoying the sweet food of our plants. The body of this insect resembles a bumble bee but the pattern of it's movements and the speed at which it flutters it's wings resembles a hummingbird. It turns out that this creature is actually a moth which belongs to the Sphingidae family.
This butterfly looks like it is a combination of a yellow and black swallowtail since the top of it's wings are black and the bottom is yellow. It is the largest butterfly in the United States and Canada.