We see these butterflies often in the summer, and I notice that many people mistakenly refer to them as monarchs when they see them from a distance. While we may get a few western monarchs here in British Columbia, these are definitely not. The "tail" of the butterfly marks it as a swallowtail butterfly, and this one is a fairly common one here, the tiger swallowtail butterfly.
This particular butterfly enjoyed drinking nectar from my flowers for some time. We were able to get quite close to this one, and were able to watch it elongate its proboscis into flowers several times. It was absolutely fascinating.
I am linking up with The Green Bean Chronicles who is hosting the Spot the Pollinator segment. Pop on over and visit her.