I see Eastern Tiger Swallowtails (Papilio glaucus) fairly frequently, but it's always a pleasure to meet one up close. This fellow (I'm fairly certain it's a male, judging from the pattern on his wings) was enjoying some Red Clover blossoms by the side of the road at Naugatuck State Forest this morning:
These butterflies are just too pretty, with their big flappy wings and fancy coloring. And this guy's wings look just about perfect -- hardly a nick or worn patch in sight:
Mmm, I agree, Mr. Butterfly, Red Clover nectar is delicious! (You can pull out the individual flowers and suck on the ends... does anyone else do this, or is it just me?)
As a side note, I think I'm getting disenchanted with the meadows at Naugatuck State Forest. There are lots of awesome animals and plants there, but I'm getting tired of having to constantly watch for ticks while walking through tall grass, and being asked by hunters if I've seen any deer. I'll go back again someday, of course, but I think it's time for a break from this more remote area of the park, at least for a little while. There are plenty of other places around here to explore, after all!