Black Morph Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (Please tell me if I got it wrong! Please!)
She is feeding on the nectar of Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum), a shrub that is native to the Appalachian Mountains in the eastern United States, ranging from southern New York to northern Georgia. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) is found in North America and is common. Surprisingly, at least to me, the females may be either yellow or black, making them dimorphic (occurring in two distinct forms)..
Canon PowerShot SX20 IS f/5.7 1/200s ISO-400 100mm
Photo taken in Macon County, North Carolina, USA
© Jean Gregory Evans