I walked outside this afternoon and saw two Tiger Swallowtails fluttering around the Butterfly Bush, which I took as a clear sign that I should get my camera and take a photography break.
The male, seen below, did not seem to appreciate my presence and flew off after a few moments. In this type of butterfly, the males are not as colorful as the females.
The female (notice her bright blues and oranges) was content to linger, sipping nectar from the blossoms on the bush, and I was content to follow her about snapping pictures.
Here are a few “profile” shots that give a good view of the underside of her wings. I also like that you can see all three pair of her legs, her antennae, and her proboscis – a little creepy looking, but oh so cool!
These last two shots are with the sun behind her, illuminating her wings. I find her to be absolutely stunning!
Hope you don’t mind that summer will likely abound with butterfly posts!