This is one of the smaller Butterflies that visit my yard. When it first flits by it doesn’t grab your attention like the Swallowtails. But take a picture and really look at it.
Look at the beautiful pattern on the underside of the wing.
They are even more striking with the sun shining through the wings. I think there is some sort of wasp just over the right wing. It kept landing where ever the butterfly did and chasing it off. I don’t think it is a Honey Bee. The wings are longer than the body.
My bottlebrush bushes are very popular with the butterflies, bees, wasps and hummingbirds. Oh, and don’t forget that beautiful Eastern Amberwing dragonfly, in an earlier post. She sat on the budded tip of the bush for quite a long time.