The Black Swallowtail Butterfly

  Around noon today, -- just as Paris' iconic Notre-Dame cathedral started burning -- a black swallowtail butterfly cautiously flew into our garden. Finally a lepidoptera that's other than a Monarch! It spent quite a bit of time sucking nectar out of the ixora bush that's by our front door. I did some research, and…

No kings in America, only monarchs

A couple of months ago, we decided to plant milkweed in our garden to help save the monarch butterfly -- now an endangered species, due to climate change and pesticides. For a while, nothing happened.  Or so we thought. We would see the occasional monarch butterfly flutter by, but they never seemed to land on…