Red-sided Swallowtail

Yesterday I saw a new butterfly for me and my best efforts at identification using my book and online sites is “Red-sided Swallowtail.” He matches all the photos of that species except for his tail, but that could be one of those “exceptions” every species seems to have. His tail is more like the “Dual-spotted Swallowtail” but the wings are just too different. And his wings are a little bit like “White Crescent Swallowtail” but not totally and those don’t live further south than Honduras, so I’m sticking with this ID for now!  🙂

Just thankful that I have one more new butterfly whatever he is!   🙂



Butterflies are nature’s angels.
They remind us what a gift it is to be alive.
-Robyn Nola

¡Pura Vida!


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4 Replies to “Red-sided Swallowtail”

  1. Enjoying our frequent “ visits” to Atenas via your blogs. We spend a fair bit of time on our New Hampshire porch these days trying to identify birds. Frequently failing with “its just doesn’t match anything in the bird book”. However we are enjoying two groups of mallards, mother and 3 ducklings each who have taken up residence on our frog pond. Watching nature helps in these difficult times. We are fortunate we are in our own nature park.

  2. Yes Steve! Nature helps in many ways! And nature is one reason I love Costa Rica, though Tennessee (and everywhere) has nature, people got in the way there. And I may have already told you that I loved the nature I experienced on my one trip to New Hampshire back in a 2004 Fall Visit to New Hampshire:

    Forgive me if I’ve already told you about that. But you do live in a beautiful state. 🙂

  3. I really enjoyed all your butterfly gallery photos this morning. My garden is full of them, though I don’t spend much effort on identification. It’s such a joy just to sit & watch them, when I’m not pulling weeds…

  4. Gracias Deborah! I too enjoy just watching sometimes and as you can see in the gallery I still don’t have a name for all of them! The huge variety of butterflies is truly amazing! 🙂

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