The other day I took some photos of a Giant Swallowtail from the side view... I went to Wolcott today looking for this species hoping to get a picture of the wonderful black and yellow plumage on their back and as luck would have it I saw many of them... the thistle is in full bloom.... I am really intriqued by this species... they have a very unique way of flying... they almost hover before they land.... they flap their wings furiously while feeding on a flower. They never sit completely still.... When they hover and then move toward the flower, they look like a jet coming in for a landing.... They have become my favorite..... I was shooting some pictures of a large female when a Male came looking to mate with her... I sat and watched them for about 30 minutes as he attempted to hover behind her and then make his move... each time she flapped her wings and brushed him off.... Finaly she tired of his advances and took off for the woods with him in hot pursuit.... I hope he got lucky with all his efforts..... click on photos to enlarge..
|Here I come|
|Male Giant Swallowtail coming in for landing|
|The Male Giant Swallowtail continues to chase female|
|Female Giant Swallowtail heads for the woods and here is the male flying after her|
I also was able to photograph a couple of other Butterflies and Dragonflies..... it was a short trip, but very productive....
|12 Spotted Skimmer|