Giant Swallowtail (Three Photographs)

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These butterflies are as large as Warblers if not larger. They have been in our region for about two years and their numbers continue to grow. You have to be relatively lucky to see them and shoot them, if only because they fly high and fast. Like all butterflies the best time to photograph them is when they are feeding. That said you never know what gymnastics they will undertake. This one seemed to have a particular penchant for hanging upside down.





12 responses

  1. Amazing Photos


    November 12, 2015 at 11:39 am

  2. Very nice images. These are beautiful butterflies. I think they might be Tiger Swallowtails.


    November 12, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    • Thanks. People here are calling them giant, but they are new and big😀


      November 12, 2015 at 1:38 pm

  3. Gorgeous captures💕


    November 12, 2015 at 6:06 pm

  4. Great angles! We have oodles of these so their range must be expanding north with the warming temps.


    November 12, 2015 at 8:54 pm

  5. Your remarks about trying to capture a butterfly sitting still for a moment are so familiar – but these are great! ….love your comment about the huge size of the giant swallowtail – I’ve probably mistaken one or two for a bird from a distance!


    November 13, 2015 at 8:45 am

  6. Thank you for liking “Haunted Village.” Fantastic butterfly photos! 🙂 I was surprised about the size of giant swallowtails. I have not seen butterflies that large here in Sacramento.

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    November 14, 2015 at 11:05 pm

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