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!

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About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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24 Responses to Early Summer Swallowtails

  1. aussiebirder says:

    Wow, Kathy they are magnificent pics of the swallowtails, and the flowers complement them. A truly beautiful post!

  2. Fabulous capture and images!

  3. Jodi says:

    absolutely beautiful! Keep ’em coming Kath!

  4. Jill Kuhn says:

    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! 😄

  5. Gorgeous shots, all of them ❤

  6. Cathe says:

    These are so beautiful! A summer of butterflies sounds ideal!

  7. 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. 💜

  8. Snehal Kank says:

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

  9. Fascinating captures, Kathy, can’t wait to see more over the summer!

  10. Little Voice says:

    Your pictures are fabulous . Thanks for sharing them.

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