09/09/2014 – Two-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly

Arizona Republic Weather Photo

My “Swallowtail Luminance” photo was printed in today’s Arizona Republic newspaper.  The image is of a Two-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly from the Desert View Visitor Center on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. It was captured on July 5th . Like other striped swallowtails, it has a small orange eyespot near the lower angle of each hindwing; the eyespots can fool predators into attacking the rear of the butterfly instead of the head, giving the butterfly a chance to escape. Below is a link to the complete Arizona Republic Weather Photo Gallery.

AZ Weather Photo Gallery

Swallowtail Luminance - Arizona Republic Weather Photo 09/09/2014 - Two-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly post

Below is a higher resolution version  (photo info: 500mm, 1/1000 sec, f/8, ISO 400).

Swallowtail Luminance - Arizona Republic Weather Photo 09/09/2014 - Two-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly post