I wore down my camera battery with all the zooming and unzooming, hoping this guy would hold still. But he had so many flowers to visit, he couldn’t make up his mind which one to rest on for more than a second or two. His name is Papilio Rutulus and although he’s a western tiger swallowtail butterfly, it seems that something has swallowed his tail.
Could it be a hungry bird
Who thought he’d eat him? How absurd.
Nothing tasty on these wings,
Not a bit that nourishment brings.
Maybe branches beat his back
On the piece he now does lack.
In the wind the twigs can whip
Snapping blows, and wings can rip.
Whatsoever happened here,
I’m so sorry, my poor dear.
Glad it doesn’t change your flight
As you flutter out of sight.