Huge swallowtail butterfly (5-6" wingspan). This specimen was absolutely perfect so I assume it had only recently eclosed.
Semi rural wildlife habitat.
On bee balm (Monarda) in the butterfly bed. She was extremely active & I struggled to get a decent ventral shot.
Lat: 35.92, Long: -86.85
Spotted on Jul 8, 2012
Submitted on Jul 8, 2012
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