The Two-tailed Swallowtail or if you prefer, Papilio multicaudata, is a common butterfly in this area. They are very large butterflies with a wingspan about four inches.
I always try to get a photo of one when I see one. A photo I took of a Two-tailed Swallowtail several years ago, was my first reference book published image. You see it here.
When the “first seen” of the year arrived the other day, I had my camera ready.
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