"Butterflies are self propelled flowers."
~ R.H. Heinlein
"The fluttering of a butterfly's wings can effect climate changes on the other side of the planet."
~ Paul Erlich
"Not quite birds, as they were not quite flowers, mysterious and fascinating as are all indeterminate creatures."
~ Elizabeth Goudge
"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."
~ Maya Angelou
"We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever."
~ Carl Sagan
"Swallowtails epitomize the beauty, vibrant color, and grace of butterflies. Their large size makes them conspicuous visitors to any garden, ant their gorgeous colors make them prized additions to any scene." (The Butterfly Book)
Caterpillar: Leaf green and plump ... excellently camouflaged. Feeds on trees, particularly cherry, willow and ash.
Wingspan: 3 1/2 - 6 3/4 inches
Habitat: Woodland, wooded gardens and parks.
Range: Across North American continent, from Alaska and Canada to Mexico
Status: Widespread and common
"Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you."
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne