The biggest Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly I think I've ever seen was fluttering around the flowers this morning. I followed him around for about a minute before he flew away, and was lucky to get a couple of snapshots.
Another semi-hot day with a rainy afternoon which is perfectly normal for this part of Colorado this time of year. Looking at the 10 day forecast it looks like our hot days of high 90s are pretty much done, and the high 80s will be in control for a while.
In Colorado things start cooling off around the middle of August, and by early September there will be some snow in the high country, not nearly enough to make the Elk move down to lower elevations, they will stay in the high country until after the rut and until the snow gets so deep they can't kick it out of the way to get to the grass and that can be any time from late October to late December.
In another week or so my Grandson will be attending his first day of kindergarten. He should be an old hand at this because he's spent two years in preschool already so kindergarten should be very similar except he will be at school for several more hours a day than he was in preschool.
Everyone's very excited about this, except of course the teachers who will probably be in shock for a while about having to come off a three month vacation.
I never liked kindergarten myself probably because they kept me there until I was about 12, I just wouldn't stop eating the crayons. My family was so poor sometimes crayons was all we had to eat, and since there was no welfare in those days we couldn't get any government crayons, kindergarten became the only place I could get a decent meal.
I still carry a box of crayons to snack on every once in a while but these modern ones don't taste nearly as good as the ones from back in the old days when they were still full of cholesterol, gluten, and BHP's.
I never realized a Western Tiger Swallowtail had four wings, I guess I never got close enough to tell, or got a picture that showed them this clearly.
By the size of the flower I would estimate this Swallowtails wings are about 4 inches across. He's the 747 of butterflies.