Giant Swallowtail (Two Photographs)
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Three years ago, and probably due to climate change the range of these butterflies extended northward. Since then there has been a growing population here in Canada. They are certainly larger than warblers and notoriously hard to shoot. These were taken at 480mm on a cropped sensor. Even so a modest crop was needed. As usual I took several shots, this time through a break in the bush. After going through a series of very similar shots I had a hard time figuring out which to choose. I chose this photo because the two antennae were easier to see and the damage at the back of the butterfly was minimized. I have included a black and white version because in my view it adds drama to the insect.