Pollination Party – Butterflies 2

More butterfly pictures. I am envious of the scarce swallowtail. I have never seen one of those live. What a sight.

© Nightjar, click for full size.


Iphiclides podalirius


Vanessa atalanta


Vanessa cardui


  1. avalus says

    Oh yes, those are real beauties, I love them!

    I am envyous that you caught the blue one with open wings!

    I really need to dig through my photos of the past months to compete with you! ;)
    (I am kidding! A competition would be silly. I just need to get my butt up.)

  2. Nightjar says


    I have never seen one of those live. What a sight.

    I feel the same way about the American black swallowtail. What a sight that must be, I love dark-coloured butterflies. These ones are pretty impressive live.

    avalus, thanks, I’d love to see your photos! :)

    rq, here we call them zebra butterflies (“borboleta-zebra”). There are at least two species of swallowtails in North America that are called “tiger swallowtails” (Papilio glaucus and Papilio rutulus). They have black stripes too, but on yellow rather than on white, which I guess is why ones are tigers and the others are zebras. :)

  3. Ice Swimmer says

    Gorgeous butterflies and flowers, again. The light is sweet. The first and the last have a fine feel of depth.

  4. Ice Swimmer says

    None of these butterflies is native here. The first is called in Finnish purjeperhonen (sail butterfly), the second is amiraali (admiral) and the third is ohdakeperhonen (thistle butterfly).

  5. Nightjar says

    Thank you, Ice Swimmer. The last one seems to be strongly associated with thistles. Here it is called “vanessa-dos-cardos” which is basically its latin name Vanessa cardui, “cardos” and “cardui” meaning thistles.

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