Floral Friday – Giant Swallowtail

Giant swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes) on coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

About Eliza Waters

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84 Responses to Floral Friday – Giant Swallowtail

  1. Anne says:

    What a wonderful photograph!

  2. cindy knoke says:

    Truly gorgeous Eliza!

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  4. Amazing! Your photography is a delight.

  5. Applause to your photography skills to be able to capture that gorgeous shot.

  6. Alice says:

    Gorgeous! Two of nature’s prettiest. What a pair!

  7. Dale says:

    Oh wow! What a beaut!

  8. They are really big beautiful butterflies that will fly close to say hello.

  9. derrycats says:

    Wonderful detail. Nicely captured.

  10. Great image with lots of detail! Enjoyed seeing your Giant Swallowtail image!

  11. Jet Eliot says:

    Fantastic photo, Eliza. The viewer can see just how giant this beauty is in comparison to the head of the Echinacea. Nice tattered look at the end of a busy summer, too. Cheers to you and summer.

  12. GREAT shot Eliza! Perfect end of summer image.

  13. Shashi says:

    Every detail has come out so well. Not to forget the exact moment. Great pic.

  14. Debbie says:

    What a great capture! It’s almost as if this beauty *wanted* you to snap his photo!

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  16. Kris P says:

    Such a great pic! I’ve seen precious few swallowtails this year ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Kris! That is sad, I hope it is just an off-year. I’ve started focusing on planting more larval host plants. The dill was a huge success with a couple broods of black swallowtail larvae. The dill has gone to seed so I’m carefully watching the last four, hoping they don’t starve… I may have to move them to QAL. I hope they’ll make it.

  17. Murtagh's Meadow says:


  18. Swallowtails are often hard to photograph because they usually keep fluttering when they’re at a flower.

  19. shoreacres says:

    I’m wondering now if I might have seen one of these. I remember a yellow swallowtail in east Texas that was exceptionally large. I just read that their wingspan can be from 4″-6″, which certainly explains the ‘giant’ in their name.

  20. Beautiful coneflower sitter. I’ve never seen one of these larger beauties. We’ve plenty of the flower but none of the butterfly…so far. Nice, Eliza!

  21. Widdershins says:

    Great shot! ๐Ÿ˜€

  22. Maria says:

    Such beauty! Your photography and eye for detail is fascinating.

  23. Nice and sharp! It’s hard to find butterflies without missing wing parts. What causes that? Other insects?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you! Actually this one did have a tear on its near wing, but this angle didn’t show it. I think it is birds that go after them and they are lucky to escape. Kind of a big target, so maybe it is a half-hearted attempt at capture on the bird’s part.

  24. naturebackin says:

    What an impressive butterfly and lovely photo. It is interesting to read in your comments that their range is expanding northwards likely due to climate change.

  25. Climate change is bringing new visitors to our part of the world too but nothing like this beauty you captured, Eliza!

  26. Oh Eliza! Your photo is extraordinary.

  27. Jane Lurie says:

    Gorgeous shot, Eliza! We visited the Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum with Imogen last week…such fun to have butterflies of all types flying all around us! They had to check us for “hitchhikers” before we could leave. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. maryjane678 says:

    Hi Eliza.

    Simply stunning.

  29. Alex says:

    Big big!

  30. Pepper says:

    Perfection. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  31. karen says:

    Fabulous photo! Iโ€™ve never seen a swallowtail.

  32. Dalo 2013 says:

    Great shot ~ something magical about seeing and watching a butterfly in action.

  33. gaiainaction says:

    Very beautiful Eliza!

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