Winged Beauties

My husband took these shots of a beautiful specimen of a Tiger Swallowtail (male, I believe) butterfly.



I’ve noticed this large black “bee” flying around this summer. Its pretty white-patterned wings helped me to identify it as a Tiger Bee Fly. It doesn’t sting or bite; it drinks nectar from flowers. It does lay its eggs in the nests of carpenter bees and its larvae consume those of the host.


Linking to
Saturday’s Critters
Camera Critters


26 Comments on “Winged Beauties”

  1. TexWisGirl says:

    i need some of that last one! we have too many carpenter bees eating our shed! some day it’ll fall down over my car. 🙂

  2. andy1076 says:

    Beautiful butterfly..! what interesting patterns on the bee too :O

  3. Eileen says:

    Beautiful butterfly captures! I have not seen this tiger bee, I hope it does not sting. Great shots! Thank you for sharing your post with my critter party.. Have a happy weekend

  4. I used to see more swallowtails than I’ve seen this summer. Maybe I need to re-think my flower choices, although I thought coneflowers were good.

  5. southwestarkie says:

    I think the swallowtail is just about my favorite butterfly- so pretty! Not sure I have ever heard of this tiger bee fly- interesting. Carpenter bees can be major pains around wood.

  6. Rajesh says:

    Beautiful and colorful butterflies.

  7. They are beauties, and I’m glad to know their name. Love all that color!

  8. Gunilla says:

    The butterfly is gorgeous!

  9. kenschneider says:

    I particularly liked that diagonal view of the swallowtail.

  10. Robin says:

    Pat, great Swallowtail! They are so pretty! I’ve never seen the Tiger Bee before. But I do like it’s shadow!

  11. Frauke says:

    Wow – so great shots!

  12. Christian says:

    A wonderful butterfly.

  13. geanina says:

    Beautiful images!

  14. Brian King says:

    Gorgeous butterfly!

  15. Now I learned something that

  16. Wow, interesting, and beautiful shots

  17. Margaret says:

    Both good captures. Have a great weekend.

  18. I love your winged ones. Are you aware I have a meme for them? NF Winged on thursdays. You are welcome if you wish. 🙂 Teh one open now closes in a couple of h.

  19. And to thnk the Pres used an old badminton racket to wipe out the carpenter bees!!!…:)JP

  20. Roan says:

    Gorgeous butterfly and flowers!

  21. Beautiful butterfly captures – thanks for sharing.

  22. Joe Todd says:

    Enjoyed several of your posts and all the great photos

  23. lancequadras says:

    Now ain’t that an awesome capture.

  24. Love the colors! The Tiger Bee Fly is a new one to me!

  25. third shot (last one) is lovely! fine capture of a fly : )

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