I mentioned Pipevine Swallowtails in the previous post about Spicebush Swallowtails. Pipevine Swallowtails are the hardest to photograph I've experienced, except for Sulphurs, who close their wings while they nectar and fly very fast so they're impossible to catch in flight, unlike some of the dark swallowtails who laze along, almost posing.
I've spent hours trying to capture Pipevine Swallowtails and they fail to ever pose or hold still. Their favorite maneuver is to nectar on porterweed, moving around the tiny clustered blooms while I wait patiently for the right moment. They fly away just when I think they are moving into position. Of 100 pics, probably a quarter of them are of empty flowers, no insects.
I'm going to post these three tiny pics just to show the brilliant color of a Pipevine butterfly.
This little Skipper stayed still on Pentas with Lemongrass in the background, for two poses. I haven't identified him past being a Skipper.
Gulf Frits are busy everywhere today, they become more plentiful toward fall.