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This butterfly looks like a monarch (swallowtail-see comment), but the coloration is not bright orange, so I’m not sure. It was posing on the flower bush in my brother’s front yard. We were there for my nephews’ birthday. Usually butterflies are not so accommodating. But this one posed until I had shot every angle. Unfortunately there was a chunk lost from one of its wings not seen on this view.

5 responses

  1. looks like a swallowtail.

    November 10, 2011 at 7:48 am

  2. Thank you. I’m a better photographer than entomologist.

    November 10, 2011 at 8:08 am

  3. Nice image. The Butterfly looks so light, like he’s almost just landing in the photo. Nicely done.

    November 10, 2011 at 12:51 pm

  4. Yes, a beautiful swallowtail. Good clarity! Butterflies seem so delicate that I’m not surprised this one lacked part of a wing.

    November 11, 2011 at 12:58 am

    • I had a lot of images in which I repaired the wing in Photoshop. But, I decided to post this one to the blog. Thanks for confirming the ID.

      November 11, 2011 at 8:09 am

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