Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Verbena butterfly



Sometimes I just luck out chasing a butterfly. Literally. I was not using a zoom lens when I shot these photos, but I did look funny erratically crouching around the front edge of the yard in order to get close. What a great subject! Would love to know what kind of butterfly it is…





9 comments:

Caroline said...

Wow! Great shots. Definitely a Swallowtail of some sort, possibly a Pipevine. You know summer's just around the corner when the butterflies burst out!

ConsciousGardener said...

Looks like a Blue Pipevine Swallowtail to me...great shots! I have one on a Red Bud that I took earlier this spring as my screen saver...it's just so bright and beautiful!

getgrounded said...

Awesome pics, Iris. I've never gotten that "lucky" with a butterfly ever; I do believe you had a bit of talent mixed in with that luck. thanks for the pretty post.

TexasDeb said...

I have bug envy. The close up photos I got today turned out to be potential tomato plant eating moth larvae. Oh well - they were attractive as caterpillars and hopefully will find plenty else to eat besides my tomato plants. Great shots!

Annie in Austin said...

Lovely photo, Iris - the Swallowtail part I was sure of, but didn't know the Pipevine part.
Maybe someone in your neighborhood grows one of the Aristolochia/Dutchman's pipe plants as a host?

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Lancashire rose said...

You might want to take a look at the following- life cycle of the pipeline swallowtail.
http://esolatloesche.blogspot.com/2008/04/butterfly-life-cycle-pipeline.html

Lancashire rose said...

please correct that to pipevine

TexasDeb said...

Haha - nice Texas touch though - "Pipeline" swallowtail - perhaps found in greater numbers in the Houston Tx area... ?

Iris said...

Hi all: thanks for all the info and compliments! I ended up using that top photo in a Mother's (and grandmother's) Day card.

Nobody within a couple of blocks of me appears to have much going on gardening-wise more than plain old grass lawn, so I think the Blue Pipevine Swallowtail must be a little desperate and therefore happy with my verbena. I'm happy with it, too!