Black swallowtails bring beauty and joy wherever encountered. This is a photo essay of one of nature's most attractive insects on a variety of nectar sources taken in a span of just a few minutes. This is a fantastic year for butterflies in the Kansas Outback as its been a great year for many flowering plants providing both host plants for caterpillars and food for the adults. Enjoy!
|A male black swallowtail on Baldwin's ironweed.|
|This male swallowtail is enjoying some canna nectar.|
|This swallowtail shows the attractive undersides while on a prairie sunflower.|
The male black swallowtail exhibits larger yellow spots on its upper wings than the female.
|A Wheel bug is one of the Assassin bugs and is stalking a Black swallowtail caterpillar. Poised to strike for several minutes, it decided not to attack, proving the value of the key defensive feature of the foul-tasting Black swallowtail larvae.|