Hooray! It's my first post! Thanks to my son Siah who helped (basically did it all) set up this site.
This is a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly. The female of one of Minnesota's two species has a black morph. I see them fairly often in late summer at Springbrook Nature Center. The more common yellow color phase is below.
I intend to use this blog site to display pictures of the many aspects of nature I am constantly given opportunities to see. Many people bring things to Springbrook to be identified and I photograph as much as time allows.