Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

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.

 

10 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The one with the tattered wing looks like most of the ones I seem to get.
Blessings,Ruth

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Whenever I see the tattered ones, I wonder what stories they could tell. Both images are fantastic!

HBFG said...

The last time I saw a swallowtail was when I was a child back home in Austria. They have gotten VERY rare around here... Haven't seen one here in south Sweden since we are here either.

Michi

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful shots! Swallowtails are just so pretty.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Coy, these are beautiful images of a stunning butterfly, one of my favorite visitors~

The Early Birder said...

Cracking shots Coy. Most of the flutters I'm seeing at the moment are fairly tatty. FAB.

Michele said...

Stunning photos! Wow!

photowannabe said...

I love the beautiful butterflies. We haven't seen too many around here again this year. It definitely makes me sad and concerned.

Juan C. Aguero said...

Beautiful!!!!!!

Glen Webber (Wildlife Photography) said...

Beautiful images! Ah the frustrations of photographing in the wild ah. :-)