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Eastern black swallowtail | by Mama2JandH
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Eastern black swallowtail

My sons and I rescued this beauty (and others) from predatory wasps as a tiny egg. We raised the ravenous caterpillars in an aquarium, kept them well fed, and fussed over them like they were pets. It was a thrilling day when my sons were able to help this gorgeous butterfly out of its aquarium and place it gently on a zinnia in our garden....

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Taken on July 27, 2011