I captured this wonderful summertime image of a butterfly on a flower while hiking the banks of the Rio Grande of Northern New Mexico.
This perennial flower is commonly called “Red Hot Poker” yet has several other names, such as Torch Lily or Poker Plant. It is native of Africa but can be found in the American Southwest. The flowers produce copious nectar while blooming and are attractive to bees, hummingbirds and orioles.
The butterfly is probably the most recognized swallowtail in North America, Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus Linnaeus). This image shows the adult male with the bold yellow and black bands and the black wing margins.
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