I was caught outside weeding with a short lens on the camera
when the Pipevine Swallowtail flew into the backyard.
I am growing one of her host plants,
Dutchman's Pipevine and Anise Hyssop for nectaring.
She also will use Virginia Snakeroot for her eggs.
I do hope she returns when I am outside with a longer lens.
For today I am pleased she has found my backyard.
Even with the short lens you did awesome with this butterfly! Bravo
I know she will be back Sherry. How could she not return when there is a spa for her in your garden. Where did you purchase your Dutchmans Pipevine? I have always been curious about these plants.
Oh how beautiful.
I love butterflies.
She'll be there, Sherry. She'll pose for your long "weight bearing" lens :o)
Stunning! I hope you don't mind if I share your blog with my kids. They will be so amazed! Love, Vikki
A lovely brown butterfly...
What a beautiful butterfly....your photography is always stunning anyway Sherry.
Great photo - I love how you can see the butterfly's shadow!
Lovely to see!
Thanks! The Pipevine Swallowtail and the Spicebush Swallowtail are two butterflies I am planting specifically for. I was very pleased to see the female Pipevine!
I would like to establish colonies of both of these species.
Maybe next time I will be out with the long lens and ready for some close ups!
I sure hope so!
I bought my Dutchman's Pipevine at a nursery near by that grows native palnts for my area. This is my second year growing this vine so I hope to see some blooms. It is hardy here and I hope will become a vigorous vine. The leaves are charming, big hearts. When It does bloom I will take some pictures. There are other Pipevines. I would like to see them too.
I too love the butterflies. By planting native I hope to be providing much needed habitat.
Hope so! I still have a few months so maybe one of these days I will get those up close photos I so dearly love! I need a butterfly posing event.
As it is I went with artsy!
Please do share! Thank you...
There are butterflies in every area of the country all we need to do is plant native to our area and they will find us.
I think the bugs are great! I like bees too. LOL
She does look brown but really is a matt finish black. She has a wee bit of iridescent blue on her hindwings. The male has a very bright iridescent blue wash on his hindwings. They are beautiful butterflies. If I can get close up you will be able to see the blue.
Fingers crossed I will get some great pictures this summer.
I went with "arsty" since I was concerned the butterfly would be gone if I went inside for the long telephoto lens. I do hope she returns and lays her eggs on my Pipevine.
I do like to take pictures...
These are pretty and I was pleased...just not the up close I love with all the details.
Maybe next time.
I liked the butterfly's shadow too.
Next time iridescent blue and good id photos...LOL
I read in Victorian times, 1850-1870, the Pipevine extended its range because it became popular to plant the Pipevines on porch railings. Once again the Pipevine Swallowtails are returning with the awareness of the need of the pipevines as host plants. As more people plant butterfly gardens more Pipevine Swallowtails!
I love that!
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