Tiger Swallowtail

For the past few years, I’ve had the privilege to join the students in the UW entomology lab on their annual observation and collection trip to the Colockum Wildlife Reserve.  I like to think that I’ve been able to share some of my enthusiasm about pollination ecology, but (of course) I learn a great deal more than I teach.

The photographic opportunities are not half bad, either.  This week’s bug is Papilio rupulus, the Western Tiger Swallowtail, taken on my first visit to Colockum Ridge.

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This one really stands on its own.  (It’s just as well, because I don’t have all that much to say about it: “Swallowtails are pretty!”)

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