Sunday was a great day for butterflies.
Giant swallowtails are not common here, but they are large so I see them often enough. I have tried to get a good photo of one around our house for years, and I finally got a couple that I like. Giant swallowtails keep their wings in constant motion while they are getting nectar from thistles.
Black swallowtails are a little more common, but they also keep their wings in constant motion.
Most years silver spotted skippers are not too common, but there have been plenty of them this year. I love the way they get nectar by landing on the side of the flower, then sticking their long proboscis over the top.
Gray hairstreaks generally show up here late in the year. I was getting a little frustrated because I had seen several earlier but until yesterday I had not gotten any photos.
This butterfly was along the side of the gravel road, and I had to lie down along the road to get the picture. Fortunately, there was no traffic while I was out with my camera.