None Fresher Than These!

During last week’s photo trip to a Master Gardener friend’s butterfly garden near Paola, KS, I was fortunate to watch a Pipevine Swallowtail as she laid her eggs on a Dutchman’s Pipevine plant (host plant for the Pipevine Swallowtail). I was unable to capture the actual egg laying process as she was about 18-inches above my head. As you can imagine, almost impossible to shoot macros, handheld, in that position, especially with movement from the subject!

So, I waited for her to complete the process, then moved in to capture a couple of images of the fresh eggs:

Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly eggs

Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly eggs

These images are a tad out-of-focus, due to the need to handhold, over my head. But still a neat encounter!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark II body
  • Canon 180mm f/3.5 macro lens
  • ¬†Handheld
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/160 sec. (top photo) and 1/125 sec. (bottom photo)



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