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:
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
- ISO 800
- Aperture f/5.6
- Shutter 1/160 sec. (top photo) and 1/125 sec. (bottom photo)