Pipevine Swallowtail Cats

Today’s post features a couple of images from my recent visit to a wonderful, private butterfly garden near Paola, Kansas. The Pipevine Swallowtails were very busy around several Dutchman’s Pipevine plants that grow here. Here are a couple of favorite images:

A small Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillar that we found on a Dutchman’s Pipevine leaf:

Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillar

Here is a collection of Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars that the garden’s owner had found (she takes them inside the house to protect them from visiting birds):

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly caterpillars


Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark III body
  • Canon 180mm f/3.5 macro lens
  • Handheld
  • ISO 800 (used since hand-holding macro lens)
  • Aperture f/11 (both images)
  • Shutter 1/30 sec. (top image) and 1/15 sec. (bottom image)



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