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Black Swallowtail

Papilio polyxenes


This is a male.The black swallowtail has a wingspan of 8 to 11 cm (3.1 to 4.3 in). The upper surface of the wings is mostly black. On the inner edge of the hindwing is a black spot centered in larger orange spot. A male of this species has a yellow band near edge of wings; a female has row of yellow spots. The hindwing of the female has an iridescent blue band.


found throughout much of North America


I decided to take a break from posting the spottings from my winter trip and add a few spottings that I have seen recently in my area. I started yesterday with the Cecropia Moth. This Black Swallowtail was spotted at Baden Powell Park. I spent about 30 minutes with this butterfly to get these shots. It kept flying away when I got close but then I would wait and it would fly back to the same small patch of forest every time. I was really happy to get these shots. Though I had seen many swallowtails last year and a few this year, this was the first time I was able to photograph them.

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dandoucette 9 years ago

Thanks asergio and Courtney. No problem Neil.

CourtneyVerk 9 years ago

Nice one Dan!

NeilDazet 9 years ago

Thanks for the tip on the book! It came in a bundle with the EF-S 18-55 lens, plus a EF 75-300 telephoto lens. I'm getting a macro lens next. I'm just getting started with it. The photos I've taken so far have mainly been with the Auto settings, but I'm learning. I love it so far.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Contrast is perfect, amazing photo.

dandoucette 9 years ago

Glad to hear that Neil. I look forward to your new pics with it. It's my first DSLR too. I would recommend this book to help learn all its features, instead of going through the manual. What lenses did you get with it?

NeilDazet 9 years ago

Dan! I just got a Rebel T3i a week ago. It's my first DSLR.

dandoucette 9 years ago

Thanks everyone! Yes, my patience certainly paid off this time. Ryan, I use a Canon Rebel T3i (600D) with a Canon 60mm macro lens.

Ryan21 9 years ago

great spotting and great shot!!
what camera do you use?

NeilDazet 9 years ago

Beautiful. Dan, you rock!

VivBraznell 9 years ago

Your patience paid off Dan .. beautiful shots!

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Beautiful spotting Dan!

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Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Spotted on May 20, 2012
Submitted on May 27, 2012


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