Thursday, July 30, 2009

First Spicebush Swallowtail this year

I was beginning to wonder if the butterflies were going to come this year.
These photographs of a Spicebush Swallowtail were taken Tuesday morning, this was the first Swallowtail I have seen in my yard this summer. He did not hang around long.
I did go ahead and make one of the photgraphs into one of my greeting cards.
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26 comments:

Darla said...

I guess all of your butterflies are here, sorry. That's a beautiful card Leedra!

Susie said...

Beautiful Leedra. Sounds like Darla is being the butterfly hog this year. lol, I don't have any either. Maybe Darla can send some our way.

JKoenig said...

Stunning pictures! The butterfly's colors really stand out with your beautiful flowers.

Have a beautiful day!

Dorothy said...

Leedra, this is a very beautiful shot! The orange spots match the bright orange zinnia!

Mildred said...

What an absolutely beautiful butterfly and flower Leedra. Your cards are just so stunning. Hope you are having a good day.

Sunny said...

What a feast for the eye. Absolutely lovely.
Sunny :)

itsJUSTme-wendy said...

Oh my gosh, that's beautiful!
I haven't seen too many butterflies either. Mostly just those little white ones a few little brown ones that I can't identify because they flutter so fast and don't land, and only a couple of monarchs.

Jen said...

Beautiful!
I don't know what happened to the butterflies this year around here either??
I even put Zinnias out. :(

Dawn said...

What a beautiful butterfly, even the body is pretty. Not too many here either, must be all the rain we have got this year.

Craig Glenn said...

Awesome shots Leedra!

Love the colors...

Craig

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful picture of the butterfly, Leedra. And --that card is gorgeous.

Have a great day.
Hugs,
Betsy

lisaschaos said...

Oh yes!! Very nice!!

The Early Birder said...

Thats a stunning one Leedra, including the markings on the body.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Gorgeous!One thing for sure,next summer I have to grow some Zinnias.Over here too,the butterflies are slow in coming.
Blessings,Ruth

Pam said...

Gorgeous photos! I like the one in the greeting card. It would look great framed and hung on the wall especially with other butterfly pictures.

Mary said...

Beautiful! That orange flower is the perfect backdrop for it. I was just trying to decide if I saw a Spicebush or a Black Tiger. Your photo helps! That card is lovely.

Carletta said...

Lovely! Isn't it wonderful he landed on the orange bloom and not the pink. Guess he knew you were looking and the orange would show him off better. :)

Love your card!

Bradley Myers said...

I was wondering the same thing Leedra, but they seem to have shown up this week. I even had a hummingbird moth flying around my butterfly bushes yesterday. I just didn't have time to go in and get the camera.

Beautiful shots, what lens did you use?

Pam said...

What a wonderful photo of the butterfly, nicely done...

Leedra, your cards are beautiful!

Have a wonderful weekend, be Well~ be Happy :D

NCmountainwoman said...

Beautiful photographs. We've had fewer than normal butterflies this year as well so I especially enjoy yours.

Leedra said...

Mary - Let's just hope I am correct, since it is guiding you in your identifications. I did go to my favorite link and look at the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail at http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species?l=1372 and they don't even have wings closed photos. I have never seen photos of the dark Tiger Swallowtail in any of my references. The Spicebush and dark Tiger are very similiar when viewing top, wings spread, so I would love to see a photo with wings together of the Tiger Swallowtail. Now that I have muddied your thoughts again I will hush.

Denise said...

hi Leedra I love your swallowtail photo, it makes a beautiful card. Have a great weekend.

Leedra said...

Brad - Believe it or not I had the 100mm macro lens on, and set to macro. That is probably why he didn't hang around very long, I got too close.

Would love to see a hummingbird moth. I would have just stood and watched too, because it would have been gone if you had gone for the camera. That was the reason I snapped the swallowtail with the macro lens, I knew he was not going to wait for me to go in and change the lens.

Shelley said...

These are some of your best butterfly photos yet!! Gorgeous!!!

Tina said...

Leedra,
Such gorgeous photos of that spice bush butterfly. You couldn't have chosen a better color setup! Wow!! I can see why you would scrap book it to some note cards!! These are wonderful photos!!

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.

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