Saturday, August 30, 2014

Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Eastern Black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) view 1

This butterfly is also known as the American Swallowtail or Parsnip Swallowtail.  I was pleased to see this swallowtail fluttering between wildflowers in a conservation area as I have not seen a lot of butterflies this year.

Black swallowtail view 2


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51 comments:

AGATA AGATUSZKA said...

I love butterflies are wonderful.

Giga said...

Wonderful butterfly and humming this. I greet you.

Revrunner said...

I haven't seen too many either, EG.

Terri said...

I don't see many butterflies at all unless I go to a lake somewhere. I used to see more around here. Great shots!

Kate said...

The stance (if that's what it's called) of the butterfly is perfect as it perches on the blossom. That and the contrasting colors make a perfect photo.

A Quiet Corner said...

Great shots..glad you finally saw some!...:)JP

Ela said...

I love butterflies ! Your shots are so wonderful !
Have a nice weekend :)

eileeninmd said...

EG, gorgeous captures of the Swallowtail. Thank you for sharing your post with my Saturday's Critters... Have a happy weekend!

Stuart said...

Beautiful shot !

Phil Slade said...

That is so very beautiful, but must be more so to see and photograph it for real as you have. i can only dream...

Anvilcloud said...

It's nice to see this identified.

Birdman said...

I agree with Kate. Nice capture!

William Kendall said...

Quite a pretty butterfly!

Lois Evensen said...

Quite beautiful, indeed!

Roan said...

Beautiful!

TexWisGirl said...

like the drawing i'm giving away this month. :)

rainfield61 said...

This flying flower catches your eyes.

Susan Anderson said...

I wish I saw more butterflies. I'm afraid we are losing them...

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Indrani said...

Whoa! Stunning!

Sandra said...

we have 3 just like this in the back yard all week, they are doing the mating thing, and not sure how it works out with three... but they are flying like they are drunk and almost hitting us when we are outside... 3 like these and 2 of the big yellow and black ones.

Adam Jones said...

Those pictures are awesome. What a wonderful butterfly.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I've not seen many butterflies either. I wonder if it is an effect of the drought we are in.

Karen S. said...

A stunning creature!

Kristin_Texas said...

These are great. I never seem to see butterflies around here either. There are lots of dragonflies though!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

They are so wonderful to see, for now! They'll be gone so soon.
(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

Ginny said...

Wonderful pictures! And he is beautiful, so are the brilliant flowers! I love his polka-dot body as well.

Stephanie said...

Pretty images.

Susan (ABON) said...

The Black Swallowtail is so lovely, especially when light illuminates the colors of its wings. Nice shots! Have a great weekend!

DeniseinVA said...

Perfection!!!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Gorgeous! We haven't had many butterflies either.

Montanagirl said...

Stunning photos!

cieldequimper said...

What a beauty!

Magia da Inês said...

彡✿⊱·..
Super lindo!!!

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Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos.
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RedPat said...

I have had a Black Swallowtail caterpillar on my roof garden for the last week. It has been munching away on dill and then last night had moved over to the mint. I'm wondering if it will become a butterfly this year or hibernate until the spring. It is quite an attractive caterpillar.

Marie said...

Just beautiful!

orchid Miyako said...

Happy for you to be able to capture this beauty♡♡♡ Great photographs, EG.

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Our photos said...

Very nice photos. Beautiful colors !

Lowell said...

You've done it again! Great shots of a really nice butterfly. We do have these down this away but I haven't been able to get such good shots!

Cloudia said...

Your photos bring joy!



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Jack said...

You are so good at these photos, EG. Great details.

Come on down. I will be glad to introduce you to Dick and Mary. You would like them.

Felicia said...

gorgeous images.

maryaustria said...

Such beautiful butterflies! Your photos are so gorgeous!

Ruth Hiebert said...

Beautiful butterfly and excellent photos of it.

Lisa Gordon said...

These photographs are GORGEOUS!
I love that little bit of blue on the butterfly.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Randy said...

What a beauty.

llandudnopictures said...

A perfect combination with that colourful flower!

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Gorgeous photos CameraGirl! We have had lots of butterflies but some are looking tattered now.

Kathy said...

I took photos of a black swallowtail last week but every one was of his wings flat out and they weren't nearly as pretty as these. Nor was the flower he was on very pretty! So needless to say I am envious of your pics!

NatureFootstep said...

great shots of the butterflies.

Grandma C said...

Beautiful butterfly!

Breathtaking said...

Hi Camera Girl!:) I thought I had already commented on your post, but now I see I didn't. Sorry!! It's a beautiful butterfly, and you photographed it really well.
Best Regards.

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