Saturday, July 11, 2009

Camera Critter #66

The past year has been a good one for swallowtails in my yard. Late last year, I captured images of an Oregon Old World Swallowtail (see my CCM #56 post) visiting one of the many flower in the backyard. A couple of months ago, I was able to get images of a Twin-tailed Swallowtail. Both of those shots were lucky ones, as I had the camera in hand when they arrived. But I have also had a lot of missed opportunities. By the time I see them and get my camera, they are gone.

Then, a couple of days ago, I was walking through the backyard, when another swallowtail flew past me and landed on a nearby flower. I ran back to my apartment to get my camera and by the time I returned, the butterfly had moved to the Apple Tree. I was able to get a couple of shots off before it took to the wind and disappeared off in the distance. After checking the photo on the computer, I realized I had taken a photo of a Western Tiger Swallowtail...my first one. Since getting this photo, I've been hoping to see it return so I can improve on the photo with a wings open shot.

Western Tiger Swallowtail

Then Thursday, I was sitting on the bench under the Apple Tree enjoying my morning cup of coffee when I noticed a large, yellow butterfly heading my way. I grabbed my camera, which I had brought out with me just in case, and headed towards the bug. It then landed five feet from me on a flowering plant and opened its wings for a perfect image. Thinking it was the same critter as I photographed in the Apple Tree a couple of days earlier, I went back to the computer, uploaded the shots and discovered I had once again photographed, not the Western Tiger Swallowtail I was hoping for, but yet another Twin-tailed Swallowtail.

Twin-tailed Swallowtail

It's is still a good butterfly image, but not the wings open shot of the Western Tiger Swallowtail I was hoping for.

Misty Dawn's Camera Critter Meme is a great way to see critters of all types. Go to the Meme homepage here and check out more entries. Then join the fun and let the world see your critters!

11 comments:

Misty Dawn said...

They are such gorgeous butterflies! I certainly can't tell them apart like you can... you'll just have to teach me ;-) I do, however, realize why the Twin Tails is called that... see, I might be a good ID'er yet hehe.

Snap said...

So lovely! We've had several different swallowtails in the garden this year. Unfortunately, they don't sit still long enough to get a photo. Darn. Guess they don't want their portrait done! Thanks for sharing your garden and its critters.

Martha in PA said...

Stunning captures~


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koala said...

That's a very suitable name for that butterfly.

twobarkingdogs said...

Very pretty! Thanks for sharing.

ChrisC and JonJ said...

Been a great year,here in florida,for Swallowtails,too.We're babysitting a chrysallis now.

Joy said...

Wow. The "tail" on this butterfly is like a painting.

mimi said...

lovely butterfly.

Tulip said...

awesome view of a beautiful butterfly.

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Carla said...

Amazing!

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Outstanding Swallowtail Butterfly pics! The dragonfly ones also.