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.
The one with the tattered wing looks like most of the ones I seem to get.
Whenever I see the tattered ones, I wonder what stories they could tell. Both images are fantastic!
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.
Beautiful shots! Swallowtails are just so pretty.
Coy, these are beautiful images of a stunning butterfly, one of my favorite visitors~
Cracking shots Coy. Most of the flutters I'm seeing at the moment are fairly tatty. FAB.
Stunning photos! Wow!
I love the beautiful butterflies. We haven't seen too many around here again this year. It definitely makes me sad and concerned.
Beautiful images! Ah the frustrations of photographing in the wild ah. :-)
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