Drilling for Water by Wolf Read

An Anise Swallowtail ( Papilio zelicaon ) plunges its proboscis between grains of granitic sand apparently to tap into some fresh lake water. The swallowtail persisted at this task for quite some time, testing several new locations down the lake shore. As the butterfly drank, another member of its species arrived, and the two partook in a swirling aerial dance before both settling on different patches of sand several meters apart.

Canon EOS 60D
Canon EF 70-200mm 1:4 L IS USM
200mm, 1/640 sec, f / 5.6, -1/3 EV, ISO 100
Hand-held

Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park, BC
06 Aug 2011

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Comments

  • Jon Lees
    Jon Leesover 3 years ago

    nice angle Wolf!

  • Liane Pinel
    Liane Pinelover 3 years ago

    Sweet capture! Beautiful!

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