Collection - stardogs

September 2. The biggest butterfly I have ever seen! I saw a pair of these giant swallowtails yesterday. I was so busy I didn't have time to stop and get the camera. I did enjoy watching them flutter about though :-) Today I saw this one and had the camera handy. S/he was in the shade on a flowering bush. I didn't crop this image - the butterfly filled the frame. I think it's wingspan is about the size of my outstretched hand! With the shade I wasn't able to get the settings on my camera the way I wanted them. I hope I can catch them in better light tomorrow as they do come around the roses. I only got one other decent shot: http://stardogs.smugmug.com/Insects-and-Etc/Butterflies/12704926_buJdQ#992750203_73ZNc

From 2010