Saturday, 14 July 2012

Gliders

The Swallowtail
Papilio machaon ( Papilionidae)
This Swallowtail has lost one of it's trademark tail streamers on the hind wing

The Scarce Swallowtail
lphiclides podalirius (Papilionidae)

The ground colour of the wings is yellowish but can look confusingly white in strong sun light as above photo shows.

38 comments:

ShySongbird said...

Ooooh! The moment your post popped up on my sidebar I had to dash over :-) Just gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! Such a beautiful butterfly. We do have the first one here but only in one small are which I have never visited. Your photos are lovely and show them in all their stunning, sunny glory!

Guess what?...It's raining here....again :-(

Giga said...

U nas nie fruwają takie śliczne szybowce. Cudowne zdjęcia. Pozdrawiam.
We do not fly these beautiful gliders. Wonderful pictures. Yours.

Filip and Kristel said...

Very beautiful, the butterfly is unbelievable.

Greetings,
Filip

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Nice photos as always.. You have a good butefllies collections.. Cheers!!!

Bob Bushell said...

The Swallowtail is brilliant butterfly, and you took it, great photography.

S. Etole said...

Such great angles to show its beauty.

TexWisGirl said...

so gorgeous! wonderful shots of these beauties!

Breathtaking said...

ShySongbird
Thank you Jan! They really are a gorgeous butterfly.When the lavender is in bloom they abound in the garden.I love to see their long elegant glides,and the way they seem to check me out by effortlessly floating around me several times before settling on a flower.
It rained here yesterday too, unheard of in July.What is going on
with this crazy weather!!:=(

susan said...

absolutely gorgeous, love the blue maekings!!!!

Breathtaking said...

Giga
Thank you Giga! These are special
gliders.:)

Breathtaking said...

Filip and Kristel
They have to be seen to be believed.They are such a lovely butterfly. So pleased you like them! Thank you for your visit.:)

Breathtaking said...

Ana Minguez Corella

Thank you Ana! I never really look for them, they seem to find me when I'm gardening.Whenever I have pursued a butterfly it usually gets away!!

Breathtaking said...

Bob Bushell
Thank you Bob! I've seen quite a few Swallowtails this year,some as early as March and now they come to feed on the lavender.Very lovely butterflies to photograph.

Breathtaking said...

S. Etole
Whilst they feed from the Lavender they seem oblivious to my presents.
Great for taking photographs of this lovely butterfly from any angle.

Breathtaking said...

TexWisGirl
Thank you Theresa!They are not only beautiful but extreemly graceful, lovely to watch.

Breathtaking said...

Susan
The Swallowtails are very beautiful in colour and markings, and when they are gliding they're
a stunning sight.

Anna said...

Hello and Happy Sunday, Beautiful Photo! Anna

Lasse said...

Absolutely wonderful captures !!

Breathtaking said...

Anna
Hi Anna
Thank you! So glad you like it!
It's nice of you to visit.How's your new web sight doing!!

Breathtaking said...

Lasse
Thank you for your lovely generous comment.:)

Ian x said...

Beauty is a rare miracle that
reduces to silence our doubts
about God.
Jean Anouilh.

Breathtaking said...

Ian
Thank you for finding yet another quote.You and I are so fortunate to see beauty all around us on a daily basis!!X

ioan moldovan said...

A grand spectacle of colors! Last is great!
Many greetings!

Nava said...

Stunningly beautiful!

Isa said...

Votre blog est très sympa ! bravo pour ces belles photos !!

Diana Cooper said...

I love the swallowtail butterfly. Great shots - I especially like the angle in the last picture. Have a wonderful day :)

Jana said...

simply gorgeous!sunny greetings from the Netherlands...

Victor Aranda said...

Espectacular fotografía. Me gustan la serie de fotografías de naturaleza.
Saludos desde España.

psychelyn said...

This is one inspiring shot. The subject is so beautiful and you got perfect moments with it.

Breathtaking said...

ioan moldavn
I came back today, so this is a belated but appreciated thank you.
I also like the last photo the best.:) Thank you for your visit.

Breathtaking said...

Nava
So sorry to have taken rather a long time to answer your lovely comment.Glad you liked the photos:)

Breathtaking said...

Isa
Thank you Isa!! Sorry it has taken me a long time to get back to you.
Have just become your latest follower, after seeing those lovely shots of the Dragonflies.:)

Breathtaking said...

Diana Cooper
Hi Diana!! A belated thank you for your lovely and appreciated comment.
So sorry it has taken me this long to get back to you. I like the last photo the best also.:)Will visit you very soon.

Breathtaking said...

Jana
Thank you Jana!! I just went to your blog and saw your lovely photos.Tried to make a comment, but was unable to do so! After the sixth time of copying the letters, The word varification did not accept them, even though I was sure I had done it correctly.Sorry!!

Breathtaking said...

Victor Aranda
Hello Victor! So pleased you like my photographs,thank you so much.:)

Breathtaking said...

psychelyn
I don't think they knew I was there
whilst I was taking these photos.
I like the last one the best, and I'm so pleased you like it too.:)
See you!!

Joop Zand said...

You have them nice photographed...... compliments.

Breathtaking said...

Joop Zand
Thank you!They were such a pleasure to photograph.So pleased you passed by.:)

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