This is a beautiful Swallowtail butterfly, photographed in the back yard. My wife grows planters of parsley and keeps them near the butterfly bush to entice the females to lay eggs. Once the eggs hatch, we capture the baby caterpillars and nurture them to maturity. The mature butterfly are released to continue the cycle. I hope to photograph the sequence some day. Unfortunately, no caterpillars this year. We're still hopeful.
Canon EF 24-105mm L f4 IS USM lens
105mm Focal Length
Exposure 1/40 sec @ f16
Curves adjusted for contrast