Tiger swallowtail butterfly born today--our first one ever!

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How fun to wake up this morning and discover that a beautiful female tiger swallowtail had emerged from its overwintering chrysalis! We never had raised a tiger swallowtail before. Last year a little girl was walking through my yard; and, as she passed by my star magnolia, she said, "Oh, look a butterfly egg!" And she was right! My son and I released the new tiger this afternoon and watched her fly high across the alley and into the tall trees.  

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