Beautiful yellow and black with blue highlights, swallowtail butterfly on Chinese lilac.

Chinese Lilac and Swallowtail Butterfly

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Close up of a yellow and black swallowtail butterfly on a Chinese lilac, a purple lilac color.

Swallowtail butterfly in Trinity county, California

 

 

 

I love both this flower, and the butterfly.  The butterflies, Swallowtails you see all around Trinity and Shasta counties, and all of California.

The flower on the other hand, I have only seen in Trinity county along the Trinity river.  My mother called it a Chinese Lilac but I am not sure that is what it is.  We didn’t plant it, and it just came up along the river.  The insects and butterflies do love it.

Please if you know the actual name of the flower let me know.  It is also very fragrant.

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