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Spring on the Wing

July 10, 2018

Spring on the Wing

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Patrick David Moldowan Patrick David Moldowan

Wispy strokes of the wings and a flash of color floating on the breeze — it’s the first swallowtail butterfly of the year.

Spring in the north woods is beckoned by a series of well-timed events working in careful lockstep: snow melt, sprouting of wildflowers in the understory, and finally, the arrival of glittering and gorgeous pollinators. This Canadian tiger swallowtail (Papilio canadensis) is a wonderful color complement to the Devil’s paintbrush (Hieracium aurantiacum) on which it is feeding. The moment is fleeting, however. Soon the butterfly will be onto the next flower.

Such is spring on the wing.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This photo was chosen as one of the top submission for Wild View’s Celebrate Spring assignment.

Canon Rebel XTi with 75-300mm Lens


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