Swallowtail comparison

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Allen Woodliffe

Thank-you Tanya for your visit and comments. It always seems that when these large butterflies are sipping nectar, their wings are in a flutter which makes it difficult to photograph. Fortunately these were on solid ground and could rest quietly for a few moments. I hope you have some success with them next time they come through.

Allen Woodliffe

Thank-you Jeannine....it has been awhile. I will send you a separate email.

Tanya Jones

Great Catch! Giant Swallowtails visit my garden every August and I've snapped a few pictures but have not taken a one I am truly happy with yet. They love the fall phlox. I can never seem to find them resting and they are difficult to shoot feeding since they are too heavy to land on most blooms. Beautiful!

Jeannine St-Amour

Very nicely done Allen. I did not have much time since retirement... other than travelling and taking care of my sick father who passed away Christmas Eve. I am on the road again since beginning of June after taking care of the estate and did the North Shore of the St. Lawrence, Newfoundland and now doing the south shore of New Brunswick along the Bay of Fundy. Even though some places I did last year, I still wanted to see it again. Will return in Ottawa by mid-September...... thousands of pics to go through and edit. I hope you are doing well!

Allen Woodliffe

Thank-you hmellon, Isabelle and holly for stopping by and leaving your kind words. Seeing such beautiful winged creatures is always a treat and photographing them is even better!

Tis the season when butterflies are in a fair abundance. I caught these two swallowtails feeding on something in the parking lot of the Spicebush Trail at Rondeau Provincial Park a few days ago. The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, on the left, is widespread and fairly common across southern Ontario (the very similar Canadian Tiger Swallowtail is more northerly). The larger one on the right is Giant Swallowtail, and is fairly rare in Canada. One doesn't often get such cooperation between these two.
Taken By
Allen Woodliffe
Taken On
June 14, 2015
'eastern tiger swallowtail 'giant swallowtail' 'butterfly' 'lepidoptera' 'rondeau provincial park'
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Focal: 271
  • Shutter speed: 0.001 sec
  • Aperture: f/ 10
  • ISO: 400

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