It’s a Zoo Out There, Part 1

I was hoping to have some new images of dragonflies to post today, but I’ve not seen any around my rural Missouri butterfly garden over the past few days. I don’t know if the extremely hot temperatures are causing them to lay low, or I’ve just not been in the garden at the right time. But I will continue keeping an eye out for them. However, I have been blessed to have some wonderful “zoo butterflies” visiting the purple coneflowers. Today’s post features one of the zoo creatures, the Tiger Swallowtail butterfly. These are one of my favorite butterflies … large in size, beautifully colored/patterned, and always such a joy to see! Here are a few of my favorite images from my rural “zoo”:

Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

And a close-up of one of these beauties:

Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

This is the first year the butterfly garden has really come into a dense garden of colorful blooms … so pleased to have this colorful attraction right outside my front door!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/250 sec

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Posted in 2017, Blog, Butterfly Photography, Insect Photography, Nature Photography, Wildflowers
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