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Spicebush Swallowtail


Spicebush Swallowtail
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Copyright: Varahram Hemmati (vhemmati) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 63] (407)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-11 17:01
Viewed: 3298
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-10-11 17:32]

Hi Varahram,
beautiful shot,
great POV, composition and bokeh :)
Cheers,
Vishal Sabharwal

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-10-11 17:55]

Hola Varahram, Un lujo de butterfly, compo perfecta y Bg. buenos detalles y gran disparo. saludos

Hi Varahram

Love this shot. Good details, well composed. TFS.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-10-13 7:49]

Hi Varahram
Good shot. Great colours, sharpnes, light and POV.
Well done and TFS

osse

Excellent composition, beautiful photo, realy great contrast in it.

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