Sunday, May 29, 2011


Pipevine Swallowtail
Battus philenor
I had a wonderful time walking around the Boyce Thompson Arboretum in March.  Here are some more shots from this amazing stop in Arizona near the town of Superior.  It takes around 2 hours if you walk quickly, but I recommend bringing a lunch and absorbing all this place has to offer.  Here is the another look into these truly spectacular gardens......

Again, note how camouflage plays an important role in our desert environment. Urosaurus ornatus or
the Tree Lizard
This is a butterfly of riparian corridors in the Sonoran Desert where its required food plants, willows and cottonwoods, are found. There are many butterflies that closely resemble the Pipevine Swallowtail -- Battus philenor. This butterfly was a hard one to identify, and thanks to Randy Emmett, I have the correct label.
This butterfly was floating around with several of its mates near Carolina Jasmine Vines. I labeled it first as the Pipevine Swallowtail, but then doubted myself because it's a rare find.
Again, this is another tricky critter to snap on camera.  My frustration will come at times when I have the shot and families come along with screaming children.......many times I have to get off the main trail  to get those pics and that's okay.  However nature happens when it happens.  


This arboreal lizard most commonly lives in riparian zones in mesquite, alder and cottonwood, but it also is found on non-riparian oak, pine, and juniper. The tree lizard is also found on some non-native trees such as eucalyptus and tamarisk, and in some treeless areas; it is often very abundant on granite boulder piles. Color and pattern serve it well in avoiding detection by would-be predators.

The bees were out and about with Spring in the air.
There's your creature feature fun.  2 more posts coming up on the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Until tomorrow....


  1. wonderful...I dream of doing the great American Road Trip one day...I will mark this down on the map and see if I can fit it into my itinery.

  2. Hey,

    Good to see butterflies here! Your butterfly is not an RSP, instead it is the much more uncommon Pipevine Swallowtail.

  3. The butterfly shots are spectacular!

  4. The butterfly is gorgeous! Haven't seen one like that here. It's a delight to watch all these little critters.


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