Western Tiger Swallowtails: Not All Are 'Picture Perfect'

It was "hit and miss."

The predators hit, and they missed.

Oh sure, they took a chunk out of these Western tiger swallowtails, but as they say, "a miss is as good as a mile."

The predators? Could have been a hungry bird, praying mantis, or a spider.

The Western tiger swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, a showpiece throughout western North America, populates urban parks and gardens. In color, it's a striking yellow and black, with spots of blue and orange near its tail. Its magnificent wingspan can measure 3 to 4 inches.

If you like to take images of butterflies, don't pass up the Western tiger swallowtail that's missing a chunk here and there. They don't have to be "picture perfect" to photograph--or to enjoy one of the wonders of nature.