Early Summer Swallowtails

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.

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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.

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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!

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These last two shots are with the sun behind her, illuminating her wings.  I find her to be absolutely stunning!

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Hope you don’t mind that summer will likely abound with butterfly posts!

24 thoughts on “Early Summer Swallowtails

  1. WOWZA! These photos are stunning!! 🌟🌈✨. Love the side views and learning the difference between male and female – interesting that the females are the beautiful ones whereas males are often the colorful ones with birds. 😍 Love butterflies! And dragonflies! 💚 I had a big bright green dragonfly land on me at the lake today! Can’t wait to draw it! 😄

    1. I hope I can get some dragonfly pictures too! Haven’t had too many of those in the yard yet…might need to go hike along the Chattahoochee. 🙂

  2. Oh my goodness how could we ever mind? So beautiful, and captured as only Kathy can. Stunning. And with World Watercolor Month coming in July……..maybe my goal should be that I could do one of these some kind of justice by the end of the month. Not that it’s likely to happen, but a girl can dream! Wonderful work, Kathy. 💜

    1. My birds are in a bit of a summer lull til the next baby broods come, and the butterflies are so alluring that I have been heading to thr frontyard more than the backyard.

  3. woow!!! This photos are really wonderful Kathy 💕Can’t wait to paint it 😍

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