Zebras in My Garden!

During our recent “cool” spell, I spent the mornings in my rural Missouri butterfly garden, weeding and taking care of the garden. At one point, I looked up and saw three Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus) butterflies busy seeking nectar from some of the many plants. So I ran inside, grabbed my camera and returned to the garden for some fun “work”.

Here is a collection of some of my favorite images I captured:

Zebra Swallowtail feeding on a Purple Coneflower

Zebra Swallowtail feeding on a Purple Coneflower

Zebra Swallowtail feeding on a Purple Coneflower

Zebra Swallowtail feeding on a Purple Coneflower

Zebra Swallowtail feeding on a Purple Coneflower

Zebra Swallowtail feeding on a Purple Coneflower

Zebra Swallowtail feeding on a Purple Coneflower

Zebra Swallowtail butterfly feeding on Butterfly Bush

The butterflies were consistently at either the Butterfly Bush or the Purple Coneflowers. I love seeing these beauties in the garden!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark II body
  • Canon 100-400mm f/4.5 – f.5.6 IS lens, shot at 400mm
  • ¬†Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400 and ISO 800
  • Aperture f/9 (all photos)
  • Shutter 1/1000 sec. to 1/2500 sec.

 

 

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