This image perfectly sums up both the pleasures and frustrations of cell phone snaps. On the one hand, a camera immediately ready to hand, easy to focus, and of decent quality. On the other, particularly at the 512 pixel size, highlight clipping (i.e. overexposure) resulting from inexact exposure compensation, which for some reason seems to have caused some really awful .jpg artifacts during the downsizing process (note the jaggies along the lightest part of the flower petals, or edge of the left upper butterfly wing.)
Swallowtail on Echinacea. No, not my echinacea, some neighborhood echinacea. But I swear, mine looks similar, and there have been butterflies on it! galaxy s4, 31jul14.
But for spur of the moment, clipping and all, means I can share this little happiness. Because beautiful butterflies on striking native flowers is never a bad thing. Eastern swallowtail females come in two morphs, the familiar black and yellow with a bit of blue trim along the bottom edges of their wings, or the all-black version—think I've only spotted one of those, this season.
So about a week later, here's the proof of the above assertion. In fact I was lucky enough to see a pair dancing about each other after landing on a joe pye blossom, but as the flowerheads of this plant are 7 or 8’ above the ground, there was no chance of my getting a picture of that.
I wanted something fun and fantastic, so today I'm celebrating the monarchs that have been visiting my garden. Part of the reason I wanted to document them was a request for panel decorations for a community little free library, in which I wished to incorporate orange flowers and butterflies (becau...
swallowtail on echinacea:index for butterfly pix (esp swallowtail). Goodie—now I have a collection of free-to-use reference images (& so do you, these are CC-licensed for mix/share/reuse) 25aug2014
It's been 3 years since I've posted any butterfly pix. So here's a swallowtail . Shot (and mostly written) 21jul, posted 23jul08. 23jul2008
Butterflies, Charlestown state park. This is a legacy post, so some images only go up to 512 pixels till I fix them, sorry. 07aug2005
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