Carolina Wren on Feeder, Saluda North Carolina 93E9699

TheCarolina Wren is a common species of wren that is a resident in the eastern half of the Unites States of America.   Their preferred habitat is in dense cover in forests, farm edges and suburban areas. This wren is the state bird of South Carolina.

These birds are generally inconspicuous, avoiding the open for extended periods of time. When out in the open, they investigate their surroundings and are rarely stationary.  I didn’t spot many of this species.  This shot was pure luck.

Carolina Wren on Feeder 93E9699

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly- Saluda, North Carolina-93E0795

One of our largest, most beautiful, and fairly common butterflies, the Tiger Swallowtail in its light form is unmistakable. But the females in this area can be light or dark. The dark form females are thought to gain protection from predators by mimicking the Pipe Vine Swallowtail.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly- Saluda, North Carolina-93E0789-7

As a caterpillar they feed on specific plants including Tulip tree ,Black Cherry and Sweet bay. Nectar plants for the adult butterfly are very widespread, but the species prefers tall herbs such as Joe-pye-weed as show in the photos.

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly- Saluda, North Carolina-93E0789

The eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly become the newest North Carolina state symbol due to the efforts of the local Cape Fear Garden Club. The North Carolina General Assembly designated the Eastern tiger swallowtail as the official State butterfly of the State of North Carolina.

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