Friday, July 9, 2010

Tiger Swallowtail

During this time of year I seem to spend a lot more time staring at the ground then I do looking up into the trees or the sky. Mostly I have been looking for dragonflies, which I have added a few to my life list so far this summer.
I also photograph a lot of butterflies. In fact a couple of weekends ago I participated in the St Paul Audubon Societies Annual Butterfly Census. We saw quite a few of the common Minnesota butterflies but unfortunately nothing as large and amazing as a tiger swallowtail.
I photographed this swallowtail at Necedah NWR in Wisconsin. It is most likely and eastern tiger swallowtail which are fairly common in southern Wisconsin. It also could possibly be a Canadian tiger swallowtail since the range of these two species cross over in Southern Wisconsin and Minnesota. It would be much easier to tell which type this was if I had been able to take a photo with its wings folded, however it is impossible for us to control nature.

7 comments:

Ann said...

beautiful. I don't see many butterflies here,

Cezar and Léia said...

Delightful set of pictures, I do love butterflies!
purrs and a beautiful weekend!
Luna - We love Luna

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful shots of the Tiger Swallowtail!

ksdoolittle said...

Stunning shots! You must have been very pleased. I'll bet you had lots of fun participating in the census and have tons of beautiful photos to share. ~karen

Chris said...

These are fantastic shot of a beautiful butterfly. I've seen it in France but we do not have any butterflies in Iceland ;-)

Dave said...

The way the markings at the base of the Swallowtails wings almost match the flower it is on. A great set of photographs.

KaHolly said...

Your butterflies are so beautiful, I had to return for a second look. They should be on greeting cards. ~karen