Three Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies
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This is fairly common around here. It is the Eastern Tent Caterpillar (Malacosoma Americanum).
They live in nests like these in trees:
Click here for a link to a Wikipedia article on them if you would like to learn more.
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To avoid any possible confusion, please do not think that the “official” name of this type of spider is “woolly spider”. It’s not. Or it could be for all I know. LOL That’s just what I call them, “woolly little jumping spiders”.
I am not fond of spiders, but …. if I find one interesting while out with my camera, I will sometimes take it’s photo. This little fella kept sitting on the side of our gutter, defying gravity, and hopping back and forth until finally I gave in and photographed him. If you are squeamish like me in regards to spiders, I apologize in advance.
This little guy (or gal) was about the size of a dime. Notice it’s creepy little spider shadow. eeewww
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My husband says this is a mayfly. After looking it up, I think he is correct. Apparently they come in hundreds of varieties. While looking it up I found this website, which you might find interesting if wanting to learn more about the mayfly (www.mayfly.org).
This one was on the outside of our door.
As a side note, be forewarned, if you photograph the outside of your door on macro mode, you will want to scrub on it for a week! Eeek!
These shots were hard to get because this female Tiger Swallowtail butterfly was a good 6-8 feet above my head and the wind was blowing fiercely the entire time. Another gust would come and she would hold on for dear life, sometimes getting blown off the lilac all together, then coming back for more.
a close up:
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