Chequered Swallowtail (Papilio demoleus sthenelus) - Coromandel Valley, South Australia by Dan & Emma Monceaux

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This photograph was taken on my first ever sighting of the Chequered Swallowail butterfly. It was flying around the long dry grasses at the start of the Adelaide hills summer. My patience paid off, as the animal eventually struck a pose for me, holding its wings open for a couple of seconds in the fading dusk light.

Conservation and creativity are our two strongest passions. Our nature photography extends into online video at NatureScope . We’re also currently producing a documentary film called Cuttlefish Country . All purchases of our work will go directly towards the film’s production. The film is due for release in 2013.

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ray, I shoot to share!

    – Dan & Emma Monceaux

  • HelenLewis
    HelenLewisalmost 4 years ago

    Well done Dan, you got him! looks great!

  • Cheers Helen. Have you seen any of these down your way?

    – Dan & Emma Monceaux

  • lcretyi
    lcretyialmost 4 years ago

    Absolutely Gorgeous…laura

  • Thanks Laura, you can share my amazement with me… I’d not seen one before, nor have I since!

    – Dan & Emma Monceaux

  • shadyuk
    shadyukalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic Capture

  • Thankyou Dorothy! I’m glad you enjoyed this frozen moment

    – Dan & Emma Monceaux

  • HelenLewis
    HelenLewisalmost 4 years ago

    I don’t believe I have Dan – there are others very similiar – but not with that one coloured dot on the tail end!

  • Interesting. If these creatures interest you, should check out Butterfly Conservation SA… they publish a terrific book called Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden . It will also help with identifying the various species and behaviours

    – Dan & Emma Monceaux

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    Patience certainly paid off for you, well captured indeed !
    I find Swallowtails the most difficult to capture, with their constant movement from bloom to bloom and fluttering wings.

  • Yes, I spent about 20-30 minutes with this individual until I got the shots I was hoping for :) I’ve recently sighted a Dainty Swallowtail fluttering by my home on two occasions, though its yet to settle for a photo

    – Dan & Emma Monceaux

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