Seen on the tarmac

Took the trash out yesterday morning, and found this sitting on the tarmac.

black swallowtail

A black swallowtail

black swallowtail

I first saw it when it stumbled/fluttered from along the wall, maybe from near or inside the water heater box.

black swallowtail

Seemed like it was either new to the world as a butterfly or had a hard night. Was pretty unsure of itself for a few minutes.

blackk swallowtail

Then it fluttered a couple feet away, stumbled a bit over the hose, fluttered up, then found its flight, rising up over the fence, the trees, out of sight.

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