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Old Oct 9, 2009, 12:34 PM   #1
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Caught this Giant Swallowtail where it had spent the night, still too chilled to be active under an overcast sky. K7, Tamron 70-300 LD Macro, and onboard flash. This is full frame, cropped a little only on the sides. For this large butterfly, quarters were really too tight for the minimum macro magnification and focusing distance of this lens - I was up against a wall, and couldn't back up any more, but it was the lens at hand. When I came back with a dedicated macro, the sun had broken through, and it was gone. It's not injured - in order to get an unobstructed shot, I had to move to the right, so the body, which is not perfectly centered, doesn't show between the wings.

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Old Oct 9, 2009, 3:52 PM   #2
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Great shot of a butterfly we RARELY see here - glad you "caught" it in time!
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I have never seen one before. Thanks for sharing, it's a beautiful butterfly and nicely photographed.

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Thanks Mole and Lou.

Lou, this is a butterfly that breeds on citrus - much to the displeasure of commercial growers - so you are unlikely to see one in your area. It is native to the South and Southeast, and has spread West, reaching Southern California in the recent past. We have orange and tangerine trees and so have them every year. They fly high and when nectaring on a flower keep their wings in constant motion, and so are not easy to photograph. Like the other black swallowtails, the underwings are quite different. Once last year I found one sunning itself this way, and that time I got some rather unusual and amusing shots you might enjoy:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...re-baaack.html

Also, Paul (Trojansoc) got a couple of good shots of a nectaring example nicely showing the underwing a couple of months ago with his new K7 (I posted one two years ago, but it wasn't as good as his):

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...re-new-k7.html
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penolta, I love the hint of frost on the leaves. It really serves to bring out the detail in the butterfly. Beautiful shot.

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What a beautiful Butterfly, well captured.

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These are great photos. I like the 2nd one shot from below.

Although I have never seen one, they do visit MA according to a listing of butterflies seen in MA.

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Thanks Paul, Rodney, and Lou.

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penolta, I love the hint of frost on the leaves. It really serves to bring out the detail in the butterfly. Beautiful shot.

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Paul, now that you mention it, it does have a frosty look, but it is just the natural color and texture of the Cleveland Sage leaves. Not many signs of Fall here yet - lowest morning temps have been in the 50's and 60's, but the butterflies don't get active until the temperature reaches almost 70 degrees F. Our first Winter type weather system with a promise of rain is forecast for this week, if the Arctic air mass manages to reach this far south - a little rain would be good, but a lot will cause mudslides in the foothills below the burn areas, so there are a lot of nervous people who live there.
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Thanks GW - I guess your post was made while I was typing my last one, and I missed it.
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