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|Another butterfly shot taken at the butterfly exhibition at Carleton University. Here is more information about the specie:|
Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)
Family: Parnassians and Swallowtails (Papilionidae)
Subfamily: Swallowtails (Papilioninae)
Identification: Upper surface of forewing is mostly black with ivory spots along margin. Upper surface of hindwing has orange spot on costal margin and sheen of bluish (female) or bluish-green (male) scales. Underside of hindwing with pale green marginal spots.
Life history: Males patrol in woods, roads and woodland edges to find receptive females. Females lay single eggs on underside of host plant leaves. Caterpillars live in shelters of folded-over leaves and come out to feed at night. Some chrysalids from each generation hibernate.
Flight: 2 generations per year from April-October. In Florida, several generations between March-December.
Wing span: 3 - 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm).
Caterpillar hosts: Spicebush (Lindera benzoin), sassafras trees (Sassafras albidum); perhaps prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum), tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera), sweetbay (Magnolia virginiana), camphor (Cinnamomum camphora), and redbay (Persea borbonia).
Adult food: Nectar from Japanese honeysuckle, jewelweed, thistles, milkweed, azalea, dogbane, lantana, mimosa, and sweet pepperbush.
Habitat: Deciduous woodlands, fields, roadsides, yards, pine barrens, wooded swamps, and parks.
Range: Eastern states from southern Canada to Florida; west to Oklahoma and central Texas. Occasionally strays to North Dakota, central Colorado, and Cuba.
NatureServe Global Status: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Information taken from: www.butterfliesandmoths.org
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- [2006-10-11 17:32]
great POV, composition and bokeh :)
- [2006-10-11 17:55]
Hola Varahram, Un lujo de butterfly, compo perfecta y Bg. buenos detalles y gran disparo. saludos
Love this shot. Good details, well composed. TFS.
- [2006-10-13 7:49]
Good shot. Great colours, sharpnes, light and POV.
Well done and TFS
Excellent composition, beautiful photo, realy great contrast in it.