On a walk last week, it looked like my La Brea outdoor aquariums had claimed another victim. Floating proboscis down in the duckweed covered water was a perfect Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly ... a female I think ( the blue area = female? Doug? Sophie? Dani? ... anyone, anyone?)
I thought she was dead, but I scooped her up anyway.
She wiggled in my hand and the clung to my finger tip ... she was alive after all. She seemed very content to hang on to my hand and rest, so the pups and I took her along for our walk.
She rode along for about ten minutes until a stiffening breeze threatened to blow her off my hand even as it dried her wings.
In the shelter of overhanging palm fronds, I set her down on a beautyberry bush to take her chances.
A half hour later, the most powerful thunderstorm to strike PFHQ this spring rolled through with gusting winds and driving rains.
I hope she made it.