Decorating for Autumn

We often collect wild flowers from the roadsides when we don’t have sufficient bloom in our own yard to decorate the rooms in our house. A couple of weeks ago we were on a flower-gathering expedition when we came to a convenient pullout where Harrison County 25 meets WV 98. Lisa pointed to a pretty stand of Joe Pye Weed at the edge of the pullout and said “get that one”. Then she added, “get the butterfly, too”.

Pipevine Swallowtail?

Pipevine Swallowtail?

I did my best. The Joe Pye Weed bloom went home with us, into a vase in the dining room. The butterfly posed long enough for me to get this picture, then went merrily on its way.

I think this is a Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor), maybe a female.