Doesn't he look like a cute little snake? I did a little googling and discovered that's their natural defense mechanism. (Looking like snakes, I mean. Not googling. If they googled as a defense mechanism, I'm pretty sure they'd sound like those annoying Bing commercials.)
Anyhoo, when I first saw the little guy I could have sworn he had antennae. On a hunch, I jiggled the chair... and lookie lookie!
And because I know you're curious, here's what he'll look like in his next life:
This is a Spicebush Swallowtail, and it has orange on it. Looks like he picked the right backyard.
This has been Wild Kingdom, with Jen-the-blogger-who-never-leaves-the-house. Tune in next week when a rampaging lady bug blows in through the front door and chaos ensues.
PS - These are my very first pictures taken on our new camera! It's a Canon 7D with a 28-135 lens, and John was like a kid at Christmas when it arrived in the mail the day before yesterday. (He handles all the camera research and decreed this was the best model for us.) So far, I'm really liking it. In fact, I think I may have finally found an acceptable upgrade for my trusty Canon Rebel XT. Now we'll just see if you guys notice any improvement in my photos. ;)