This morning I was thrilled to get some pictures of a Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes). It was bright overcast, so the UV light wasn’t its normal strength and this fine insect was happily resting as I approached and sent it fluttering away like a small bird. I pursued it for about 15 minutes, it’s startle distance is about 25 ft so I almost despaired of getting close enough for a good shot.
On previous days it escaped me, today I was lucky. There is a Prickly Ash nearby, that primitive citrus tree is a food plant for this magnificent insect’s larvae.