I went back to the Desert Botanical Garden and the Butterfly Pavilion last week on a sunny day this time. There were no crowds at all so it was much easier to snap some shots of these beauties. And, it was unseasonably warm which means the butterflies were very active flying all around and stopping to taste the flowers. I like the white on white effect in the top shot.
I heard a lady say she loved the one's that look like a tiger and I had never thought of that before. They do kind of look like a tiger. They are called Gulf Fritillary. After I took this shot, he flew around the back of this plant so.....
....I took a shot from the underside. Wow, it's even prettier from underneath.
The Giant Swallowtail butterflies are rather difficult to photograph. When they stop to take a sip from the flowers, they beat their beautiful wings almost like a hummingbird does. I snapped 20 shots of these hoping for the best.
Out of twenty shots, these two were the only ones that looked acceptable.
Someone mentioned when I posted the butterflies last week that they've seen some of these in the wild in Florida. That makes sense because the garden gets their supply of butterflies from a butterfly farm in Florida.