Friday, July 31, 2009

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Close Ups

I was really lucky yesterday, as I found a real hotspot for attracting the giant butterflies. I was able to approach very close and stay for as long as I liked. I have found that most butterflies do not really care for humans and avoid them with a flutter, but the ones I am posting today were drawn to the meal much more than being afraid of my predacious tendancies.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (Click each photo for some up-close hairy details!)

Here are some left and right profile views

I really liked how this one filled the frame

He or she is quite hairy! I guess that is why I love macro. It's the details you never see!

Tomorrow: Giant Swallowtail Butterfly


Craig Glenn said...


Once again you lead the way in nature blogging photo's!

How awesome is this guy? Really great shots and the details are amazing!


Eve said...

Wonderful Hannibal!! OH OH I can't wait for the Giant favorite!
I'm so glad an unruly bunch didn't come up, bump you aside, take pictures and leave you with an empty bush!!!

Tami said...

Oh just lovely....

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

WOW!Stunning photography.

Andy said...

Yep, #3 is outstanding! Great!

Gardener's Garden said...

These are some of the best shots of a swallowtail I've ever seen.

Laureate said...

Beautiful shots! You made me get away from the computer and take a walk out back. Unfortunately the milk weed has gone to seed and I didn't see any butterflies this morning.


Wolfman said...

Hannibal, I started my granddaughter this summer with a butterfly garden and a butterfly "safari" setup so she and I could go on adventures together. Unfortunately she is in SC and I am in IA, but we share our stories via webcam. I saw an Eastern Tiger along the Iowa River and was looking for a link to a picture for her. Your presentations are wonderful. Thanks for sharing,