As my big blue truck eases gently to the wide spot on the country road the air suddenly fills with golden wings. I had tried not to disturb their work but I guess that I had overestimated their tolerance for incursion. However, a few dedicated individuals continue to diligently siphon the mud for a precious mineral prize. The Swallowtail butterfly actually has an economy of sorts. Like many West Virginia natives they are miners. The male spends several hours per day collecting salt and storing it in special organs to use as a dowry for his mates. And though I spotted a few females waiting on the edge of the forest for a male to make an offer all of the ones working in the mud are males. The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail male is always yellow but the females are black with even darker stripes that you can only see in the right light. And as rudimentary as their economy is it takes more than being the highest bidder to win the approval of the females. The male will have to also pass a rigorous test of aerobics to prove that his genes are worthy of being passed on. She will lead the courtship dance. She’ll test his speed and agility by leading him on a merry chase in the wind. I’ve even seen them engage in what fighter pilots call a “High yo-yo” where the lead flips into a loop and ends up behind the pursuer. But it all starts on the edge of a puddle where the male can mine his currency.
Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.
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