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Old Apr 23, 2013, 10:10 PM   #1
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I had a recent visitor to my backyard flowers by an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly. I went inside and grabbed the camera and got several shots. He was flying fine, but if you look at the wings, you can see that he obviously had a close escape from something which took big gashes out of the wings. It almost looks like a bird or something took a bite out of them when they were closed as the tears are somewhat symmetrical on the two wings.

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Old Apr 24, 2013, 5:57 AM   #2
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Really nice photos of a very lucky butterfly, Steven.
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Old Apr 24, 2013, 8:21 AM   #3
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Beautiful pictures Steven!
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Great shots. Here in Michigan, it will probably be late June before the Monarchs get in. A terrrible spring so far, 34 degrees at 9:20 this am. Hopefully the weather will break and I can get out with my new E-3 and 14-54mm lens and see what I can do with it.
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Good shots Steven, looks like a survivor hanging in there.

Our weather has been wonderful these past few days. Northwest in spring, usually means rain tomorrow..
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Very nice shots! I am still trying to get my first really good butterfly shot and here you post a whole page of them! No fair

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....I love it when I get to photograph any of the giant swallowtails, this one does appear to be a lucky one for sure. Great imaging of this one Steven.

Last summer I shot a bee that had the most ragged wings I've ever seen on anything that can fly, one wing was nearly half gone, but then we all know bees can't fly anyway.
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Oh they can fly very well as last summer they flew pretty good to sting me several times. There weren't actually bees though, the Yellow Jacket picnic pests that seem to disrupt the fun.
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Oh they can fly very well as last summer they flew pretty good to sting me several times. There weren't actually bees though, the Yellow Jacket picnic pests that seem to disrupt the fun.
I dislike yellow jackets intensely. I have been stung by them several times over the years without provocation. They are very nasty tempered wasps.
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Yep, and I wasn't harrassing them. Just doing some garden work by the house and they flew out of the shutter high tailing for me. Bad part was that my wife thought it was funny seeing an old man run his butt off. She has never been stung by a bee or wasp so she doesn't know what it feels like.
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