Post-Hurricane Butterfly

I came home from checking the work facility after Irene and saw our butterfly bush being visited by a couple of these butterflies. I think this is the Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly. Not sure. But they loved our bush and were spending quite of bit of time feeding. The breeze is still sort of strong so they had to let go after a bit, fly away and then somehow come back. I wonder what a butterfly does to rest…this was taken with a 105mm Macro lens, at f/5.6, 1/400, ISO1600.

While cleaning the hurricane debris out of the backyard, the wind died down a bit and more butterflies arrived. I set my tripod up right in the middle of the bush and took the second one down. Notice the long pointy thing called a proboscis which is uncurled (sort of) because the little guy is feeding from the flower.

Swallowtail Butterfly

Swallowtail Butterfly

Butterfly Feeding

Butterfly Feeding

Chris - August 28, 2011 - 5:43 pm

Nice of you to provide a feeding station for them! That camera and YOU are astounding!! I thought about planting some butterfly bushes but the problem is…….they show up in droves, eat the goodies, lay eggs and then their children proceed to devour my flowers! Love butterflies! Hate caterpillers!!

Chris - August 28, 2011 - 12:24 pm

That is just AWESOME!! I wonder where the delicate little thing rode out the storm! You’d think the butterflies would all get dashed to death! It’s wonderful that beauty survives the worst Mother Nature can dish out!!

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