Other than anise swallowtails, butterfly doings around the estate have included a few newcomers and most of the usual suspects with frequent flyovers by giant swallowtails. The one pictured here lingered unusually long at these lantana flowers; even allowing me to get close in. Typically papilio cresphontes is a nervous flighty feeder, stopping just briefly at a flower and never letting its wings lie still.
On the neighbor's encelia californica I saw this small brown butterfly; believe it to be Calephelis nemesis, the fatal metalmark. Got to love both of those names. Anyway, the encelia is a larval food plant for this one and since both the neighbor and I have got some growing now, maybe this little one will be a more common sight. I hope so.