Among the branches of our mandarin tree, this impressive butterfly flitted and fluttered before pausing, only briefly, to lay eggs under the leaves. She is an Orchard Swallowtail and she is rather beautiful.
An Orchard Swallowtail lays an egg under a mandarin leaf.
These swallowtails are the largest of all the butterflies that grace our garden. Their magnificent size and colourful wings hold one's attention as they hover, wings beating rapidly, around the citrus trees.
Over the years, we have observed many times the life cycle of this stunning butterfly. The emergence of an Orchard Swallowtail from its chrysallis is a truly wondrous thing that can hold one spellbound.
If you have time over the coming weekend, you might like to witness this incredible metamorphosis too through the stunning photos and video at this YouTube link. The images and accompanying music are beautiful.
Have a lovely weekend.