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State Butterfly of North Carolina

August 07, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

A friend of mine from our local camera club took a short outing to a unique place the other day - along Interstate 26 West near Arden, NC.  There was a large patch of sunflowers along the highway.  After parking safely at a nearby rest area, we backtracked to the flowers.  Being surrounded these beautiful tall flowers is quite something and I'm 6'1".  Bees were everywhere doing their thing.  After taking numerous photos I was on my last flower and fortune showed on me.  Out of nowhere this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, our state butterfly, landed right in front of us.  It was there only momentarily so I was fortunate to get this photograph.  The flowers were already starting to fade so I'll be sure to remember it.  If you live nearby, I'd recommend marking your calendar for next late July.


Tiger SwallowtailTiger Swallowtail


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