I saw an interesting butterfly the other day flitting around the Phlox. I didn't pay much attention, other than to gasp, grin and mumble that he was so pretty.
I couldn't get the thought of him out of my brain since this was one I'd never seen before, and I decided to do a little net hunting.
Interesting - it turned out to be a Papilio palamedes! (another one of those times I wish I had a friggin' camera)
Well, very interesting if you consider that for me to see one, he was way out of his range.
According to the Butterflies and Moths of North America site;
Range: Along Atlantic coast from southern New Jersey (rare) to Florida; west and south along Gulf Coast to central Mexico.
Hmmm ... if it's rare to find one in southern New Jersey, what was he doing way up here?
Another sign of GW and everything moving north?
With the way stranger things have been happening in my own yard lately, I'm keeping an open mind on this one.