Spending some time in a local thistle patch rewarded me with this image of a crisp clean Yellow Eastern Swallowtail Butterfly. The Eastern Swallowtail is among our most common butterflies, both the yellow and the black are present now is good numbers.
Tattered and Torn, a swallowtail feeds on a thistle flower.
Shooting butterflies on this particular evening was somewhat frustrating as seemingly every time I was able to set up a shot the wind would begin gusting. The shots posted here were both made with a Canon 100-400mm and 25mm extension tube.