Pipevine Swallowtails and a Skipper

I mentioned Pipevine Swallowtails in the previous post about Spicebush Swallowtails. Pipevine Swallowtails are the hardest to photograph I’ve experienced, except for Sulphurs, who close their wings while they nectar and fly very fast so they’re impossible to catch in flight, unlike some of the dark swallowtails who laze along, almost posing.

I’ve spent hours trying to capture Pipevine Swallowtails and they fail to ever pose or hold still. Their favorite maneuver is to nectar on porterweed, moving around the tiny clustered blooms while I wait patiently for the right moment. They fly away just when I think they are moving into position. Of 100 pics, probably a quarter of them are of empty flowers, no insects.

I’m going to post these three tiny pics just to show the brilliant color of a Pipevine butterfly.

This little Skipper stayed still on Pentas with Lemongrass in the background, for two poses. I haven’t identified him past being a Skipper.

Gulf Frits are busy everywhere today, they become more plentiful toward fall.

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  1. Meredith/Great Stems

     /  September 21, 2009

    You and I are kindred spirits when it comes to butterflies. One of my favorites is the Pipevine Swallowtail — I'm trying to raise larval plants for the caterpillars, and a couple of the new little guys made it to become butterflies!

  2. Autumn Belle

     /  September 21, 2009

    Nell, you have managed to capture quite a number of butterflies here and they are all great shots.

  3. MissyM

     /  September 20, 2009

    Never mind, I see how.

  4. MissyM

     /  September 20, 2009

    Hi Nell Jean. I gotta question for you if you dont mind. How do I create a new different blog?

  5. tina

     /  September 20, 2009

    I think I have these here too-and had no idea what they were. I get confused with all the swallowtail butterflies. Glad you finally captured some shots. It's such a pretty blue with that black.

  6. Hocking Hills Gardener

     /  September 20, 2009

    What a beautiful neon blue on its lower wings. Another beauty!

  7. Carolyn Parker

     /  September 19, 2009

    Nell Jean, I love the black and blue butterfly, both moving and still. I've never seen one where I live in CA. Your stretch of land is lovely, as is your blog.

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