Sunday, June 14, 2009


I walked out the back door and did a double take:
it looked for a second like one of the yellow sundrop blossoms
took flight and landed on the pine tree.

After a moment, I realized it was a yellow butterfly,
slowly opening and closing its wings.

The only butterfly I know is the monarch,
and I wondered if this was some mutant version.

Later I found a website that helped me identify it.
It was a Papilo glaucus, aka an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.

I'm not sure why, but this fills me with delight.

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