Monday, August 3, 2009

MACRO MONDAY SWALLOWTAIL

I had a very obliging model for this weeks Macro Monday
This beautiful male Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Papilio glaucus was feasting on the little round flowers of a Buttonbrush Cephalanthus occidentalis. I took dozens of pictures but these were my favorites.


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Photo Credits - CJT

12 comments:

gtyyup said...

Beautiful! I've tried butterflies before and I don't have the patience!! These shots are great!

dibear said...

WOW! These are beautiful shots. I love the Swallowtail. :)

WildBlack said...

Beautiful! great shots! :D I love the fine details of that beautiful creature! :D

Ed said...

Very nice, ya gotta love the tiger swallowtails..:-)
Welcome to Macro Monday..:-)

CTG Ponies said...

Very pretty!

Kelly said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog...I'm very impressed that you knew woodpeckers would be an asset to have around a woodborer! Great shots of the swallowtail.

Tammie Lee said...

These are quite gorgeous. I posted a swallowtail as well. I suppose it is the season!

moresecretwhispers said...

these are beautiful!
sorry i didn't get to your macro monday post earlier! x

Doug Taron said...

Are these the button bushes at the end of North Pond? I had those put in about 2 years after the Museum opened, specifically because they are such a good nectar source for butterflies. You got some great photos.

lecoinperdu said...

These are lovely shots...I like the composition and capture of the scond photo!
ronelle

Lori Skoog said...

Such sensitivity!

Louise said...

DO you have any idea how different Easter Tiger Swallowtails are from Western Tiger Swallowtails? We have Western ones here. Myriads of them. They are so beautiful they totally take my breath away. (Before moving here the much smaller monarchs were the most glamorous butterflies in my life.) However, I have never, EVER seen one land on ANYTHING. My yard now isn't a haven for butterflies, but it used to have a huge butterfly bush and cone flowers, and I do have a rather large Desert Willow tree covered in blooms that they are reported to like. But they always flit by. Here and everywhere. I wonder how they survive without ever eating. So that's why I wonder about yours. The best picture I have of one of mine is when I was running to keep up with it and just snapping pictures. (Obviously not a great picture.) It's become almost an obsession to get a good picture, but I know it's so hopeless that I don't even try that hard anymore.