Montana Outdoors

May 8, 2010

Lots of patience:

on his part, not mine.

Western Tiger Swallowtail

Western Tiger Swallowtail

Western Tiger Swallowtail

Western Tiger SwallowtailWestern Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio rutulus



  1. Oh my goodness Terry – these are fabulous! What amazing captures! Great color and detail! whoo hoo!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — May 8, 2010 @ 4:48 pm

    • Well, he was very patient. Also, hanging on for dear life in the wind.


      Comment by montucky — May 8, 2010 @ 10:08 pm

  2. Magnificent work. I love these.


    Comment by Dave 1949 — May 8, 2010 @ 5:08 pm

  3. WOW! I can’t think of a better way to spend a few hours… these photos are fantastic. Your patience paid off in a big way.


    Comment by Maureen — May 8, 2010 @ 6:28 pm

    • And, the rest of the story… I went for a walk this morning without my camera. On the way back, about a mile and a half from home I saw this butterfly and he was hanging on tightly to that plant because of a stiff wind that was blowing. I continued home, had a quick sandwich and returned with the camera to get the photos.

      I hope you and Eric are having a great spring!


      Comment by montucky — May 8, 2010 @ 10:11 pm

  4. bee-u-tee-ful! full of beauty! I love flutterbys!


    Comment by Tricia — May 8, 2010 @ 7:49 pm

    • I love them too. It seems that a few times each summer one will stay around close for me to get some shots (I like to use the macro lens if possible). I hope this won’t be the only time this summer!


      Comment by montucky — May 8, 2010 @ 10:13 pm

  5. It is as if the butterfly is hamming for the camera. Pretty amazing pictures.


    Comment by kateri — May 8, 2010 @ 8:01 pm

    • It seemed that way. I think he was just trying to hang on in the wind and kept sliding around that stem he was on. I just kept making adjustments and shooting. I kept 18 shots that I liked.


      Comment by montucky — May 8, 2010 @ 10:15 pm

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  7. Wow, those are FAN-tastic!


    Comment by Candace — May 8, 2010 @ 11:44 pm

    • Surprising that they can control those big “fans”, isn’t it! This guy was struggling to just hang on in the wind.


      Comment by montucky — May 9, 2010 @ 8:26 am

  8. These are gorgeous! Wow! Amazing captures of the details of beautiful butterfly.


    Comment by Anna Surface — May 9, 2010 @ 5:36 am

    • It was a lucky find. The patterns and colors amaze me and make me wonder just how they came to be. Seems to work for them.


      Comment by montucky — May 9, 2010 @ 8:29 am

  9. Incredible shots. The detail is stunning. Way-to-Go!


    Comment by Jeff Lynch — May 9, 2010 @ 8:56 am

  10. Ohhhh! a beautiful flutterby! Fantastic detail!


    Comment by Barbara — May 9, 2010 @ 11:03 am

    • For some reason I’ve never been able to get side shots of one with its wings folded. Maybe it was the wind.


      Comment by montucky — May 9, 2010 @ 9:19 pm

  11. Wow Dad!!! Amazing shots of a beautiful butterfly!! I like the last photo best. Wonderful pose. 🙂 I love you!


    Comment by Juls — May 9, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

  12. Amazing closeups! So much detail. Plus, I learn so much reading your blog. Now I know what a swallowtail looks like. Kudos.


    Comment by victry1 — May 9, 2010 @ 6:01 pm

    • I love this lens (as long as the subject is very patient). A Swallowtail is a beautiful little creature.


      Comment by montucky — May 9, 2010 @ 9:22 pm

  13. Fantastic photos, great macros!!! All of them are so good.


    Comment by sartenada — May 9, 2010 @ 11:04 pm

    • Thank you! I have really enjoyed this macro lens: it has become my favorite lens.


      Comment by montucky — May 9, 2010 @ 11:56 pm

  14. Really enjoyed those.


    Comment by DaveABirding — May 10, 2010 @ 7:32 am

  15. Love these close-ups.


    Comment by knightofswords — May 10, 2010 @ 9:15 am

    • Not long after buying that lens I was really hooked. I now see lots of things differently.


      Comment by montucky — May 10, 2010 @ 7:22 pm

  16. oh wow! those are some amazing photos, and some amazing patience!


    Comment by silken — May 10, 2010 @ 2:05 pm

    • Thanks silken. When a butterfly will tolerate me that close, patience is replaced by amazement and excitement.


      Comment by montucky — May 10, 2010 @ 7:24 pm

  17. Hey, as a person who photographs butterflies often, I know it took a lot of patience on your part, too. These are excellent shots. I saw a swallowtail (yellow) the other day, but it stayed high in the trees.

    The top photo reminds me of a tightrope walker.


    Comment by sandy — May 10, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

    • This was a small one, perhaps young. We see more late in the summer when all of the flowers are blooming and that’s usually the time they allow photos. This was a rare chance.


      Comment by montucky — May 10, 2010 @ 7:26 pm

  18. These are great photographs! Yes, patience helps!

    We have yellow Swallowtail Butterflies here on the Cumberland Plateau where I live. I see them on the Azaleas and on the Lilacs.


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — May 11, 2010 @ 2:04 pm

    • Thanks! I love to see the Swallowtails on the lilacs, and our lilacs will start blooming in a week or two. For a long time I thought that Azaleas would not grow here, but my wife received one for Mother’s day that is supposed to do OK. I sure hope so!


      Comment by montucky — May 11, 2010 @ 7:01 pm

  19. Wow! Wow! Wow! You’ve excelled yourself here.


    Comment by absurdoldbird — May 17, 2010 @ 6:26 am

  20. Well, he certainly was a great subject!


    Comment by scienceguy288 — May 17, 2010 @ 5:18 pm

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