Giant Swallowtail- Papilio cresphontes by Lynda   McDonald

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Image taken June 12/09 Carryling Place, ON
Info:nikon D300 f 5.6 exp 1/400 sec IS0-400 0 step spot metering AP 70-300mm lens

This is the largest butterfly in Canada with a wingspan of 83- 113 cm. They range from Central America to southwestern Canada and are considered sporadic and rare accept in southwestern Canada . In areas such as Point Pelee that have the foodplants – hop tree and Northern Prickly-ash they are common. It is such a large butterfly that it continually vibrates it’s wings while feeding at flowers so it does not tilt the blossom.

This is one of my 1st images taken with the D300


nature, butterfly, insects, butterflies, giant swallowtail, papilio cresphontes, large butterfly swallowtail, large butterflies


  • Renee Dawson
    Renee Dawsonabout 5 years ago

    I should start charging park entrance fees….LOL Just kidding Mom :) xo This is a great shot. The color and detail are beautiful.

  • thank you Dear, you know yourself how difficult they are with all that vibrating, lol

    – Lynda McDonald

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanabout 5 years ago

    OOOO Lynda … soooo delicate!!!!! Gorgeous, gorgeous color, sweetie!!!!! The 70-300 did you proud on this baby ‘cause the detail couldn’t be better!!!!

  • thank you Lois,,,,,,,think i should go back to the beginning? .lol

    – Lynda McDonald

  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...about 5 years ago

    oh what a beautiful capture! amazing shot well done! love the details!

  • thank you kindly Dave/Trena

    – Lynda McDonald

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 5 years ago

    Absolutely perfect.

  • thank you Cee

    – Lynda McDonald

  • DottieDees
    DottieDeesabout 5 years ago

    This is just so gorgeous!! Great capture and a beautiful butterfly!

  • thank you Dottie

    – Lynda McDonald

  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansabout 5 years ago

    Absolutely fabulous Lyndy, what a beautiful butterfly….gorgeous image.

  • thanks lynnie !

    – Lynda McDonald

  • TFFDavid
    TFFDavidabout 5 years ago

    Stunning image my friend.

  • thank you David

    – Lynda McDonald

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 5 years ago

    A lovely capture!!!!!

  • thanks lorilee

    – Lynda McDonald

  • loiteke
    loitekeabout 5 years ago

    Gorgeous capture

  • thank you Meeli

    – Lynda McDonald

  • Donna Ridgway
    Donna Ridgwayabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful image….

  • thank you Donna

    – Lynda McDonald

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