The droughts of the last couple of summers produced few butterflies. The caterpillar needs a lot to eat and the pupa needs to keep from drying out as it develops. This summer was unusually wet, raining nearly every day until the last weeks of August. This produced more butterflies in my backyard than I have seen in years. I spent a couple of days recently photographing them and hope to get out again to capture more. I plan to post a few of these photos each week throughout the month of September. So stay tuned and let me know which ones you like the best. This week the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is featured on my homepage slideshow. This large butterfly is easily identified by its yellow and black stripes as it wafts through the air flashing the blue and orange spots on the end of its tail.