Sunday, 11 October 2009

a Giant amongst Butter-flies

Papilio cresphontes:  Giant Swallow-tail Butter-fly

These are so beautiful in size and colour arrangement even though they are less showy than their relatives. This guy was probably 13 cm across the wings. I do not see these often but when I do it is a show stopper. I have a lot of Echinacea purpurea, Purple Cone Flowers in my garden as well as Eupatorium purpureum, Joe-pie Weed and these seem to be a favourite here. This guy has settled onto a Echinacea purpurea , Purple Cone Flower. They never stay long but they do  come back a couple times a day.
Always worth having the camera in the garden with you.


  1. sonny..when i clicked on the picture to make it bigger, i was so surprised to see what delicate long legs this guy had!
    sonny...the centre of those cosmos bipinnatuses, is it the picture you showed a few posts ago?
    and you are so right sonny...never go anywhere without your camera...i ALWAYS carry a small one in my purse!!!
    good boy...cause if you hadn't of had your camera in your garden paradise, you would have missed out on this treasure and so would we had! terry

  2. I made a mistake for this picture. I had changed the pic but did not change the right up. It is on a purple cone flower and not a cosmos. I will fix that now

  3. Yes it is. not these same flowers in particular but they are the centres of the Echinacea purpurea, Purple Cone Flower. again sorry for the error on my part. all fixed up

  4. see you later terry