1. Checking up on the species you mention is like a course in bio-something-or-other. Looking up the tiger swallowtail (Eastern, presumably)… one comes across the occurrence of the bilateral gynandromorph which is pretty mindblowing. And the phoebe (which occurs in my world mainly as a highfalutin name for girls and dogs) is a member of the Tyrant flycatcher family. Such riches.

    1. Oh good, I’m glad someone is using this blog as a prompt to do natural history research! These are both common and, for me, iconic species. We have both color morphs of the tiger swallowtail, but I’ve never seen the bilateral one as pictured here. Mind-blowing indeed. Phoebes used to nest in cliffs, presumably, but now have adapted to human dwellings pretty whole-heartedly. We always have at least three nesting pairs just on our buildings here (usually garage, shed and springhouse. That’s “garage” with an accent on the second syllable, BTW). The male phoebes are among the earliest migrants to return in March, so their nasal fee-bee call always puts me in mind of early spring.

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