Saturday, May 12, 2007

Butterfly Day



The warm spring afternoon brings out the butterflies. An Anise Swallowtail (Papilio-- "butterfly" zelicaon--a name from The Iliad) spent a while nectaring on my lilacs. It visited each lilac blossom bundle, shivering its wings as it sucked lilac juice. I teetered on tiptoe on my chopping stump and took LOTS of pix, these two were my favorites. Anise Swallowtails like the tops of hills and ridges for breeding, and will stake out a territory and defend it, king of the mountain style. As I watched this swallowtail, two Spring Azures spiraled by overhead, and an orange Fritillary looped along the ground.

6 comments:

cyndy said...

Great photos! Hard to get when they move around so much!

Also found your post below (about the shrew) very interesting. Amazing creature, and so very small.

Bitterroot said...

Magnificent, classic photos!

wyldthang said...

HI! I'm glad you liked them ;0) Yes, the butterfly looked quite contented, sipping away and flicking its wings(does a butterfly feel content on a full belly?) Thanks!!

Larry said...

Your swallowtails look much like our local tiger swallowtails, which are much in evidence in NE Missouri these days. Good photos! Are they handheld shots?

wyldthang said...

Hi Larry! yes they are handheld, teetering in tiptoe ;0)

healingmagichands said...

Beautiful! I know all about hand held teetering shots of elusive butterflies. It is truly amazing how fast they can move and how hard it is to get them when their wings are actually open. Great shots! Good luck with the contest.