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Tiger Swallowtail

Tiger Swallowtail
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-06
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-06 14:39
Viewed: 3281
Points: 8
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I believe this could be called the year of the butterfly here in Ohio. I can't remember ever seeing so many as I've spotted this year. I can literally sit out back and count dozens flitting through the fields at any given time of the day.

We still have plenty of wild flowers in bloom to keep their attention. The milkweed plants bring in the Monarchs and Swallowtails while the Queen Anne's Lace seems to be the number two favorite flowering plant.

The Cabbage and Sulfur butterflies are too numerous to count as they skirt the thistles and wheat fields. I actually had at least 10 Sulfurs in my driveway the other day, all bunched together in one spot. I'm not sure what was drawing their attention but they seemed to like that one particular area.

Tennessee also had it's share of butterflies this year as was evident by the large number we saw while visiting my daughter (Traci) in Nashville. I took this shot while at Radnor State Park just outside of Nashville.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-06 14:42]
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Hi Ron,it's the butterfly year in my country too,never seen a lot like this time! Your pic is very very excellent,i like a lot this kind of butterfly and i know how aren't easy to take ,my best compliments for this 1st class pic,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-06 16:29]
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Hi Ron,

Maybe our butterflies got smart and came to you instead of to Arizona. I've never seen fewer here than this year. This Tiger Swallowtail on the pretty flowers makes a beautiful picture. Colors, details, background and composition are all superb.


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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-08-06 17:22]
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I have to throw my two cents worth in, too. Butterfly numbers seem to be down up here in northern PA, too. All I see are ET swallowtails and GS fritillaries, and that is about it. Oh, by the way, nice picture. Gary

Sounds like a good "sign" Ron....we need all of the natural ingredients as some health folks say, but in this case you and I need these creatures and the plants they grow on. It is indeed a reminder that neither Ohio, nor my location in the wilderness has yet fallen or succumb to the pollution...although I suggest the pollution is just as bad in the coal burning areas east of you on the river....I think it hurts Quebec more than Ohio....with prevailing winds...unless coming from Gary Indiana:-) you're in pretty good shape!

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-08-07 0:19]
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Hi Ron,

What a good photo of the butterfly. Well used DOF keeping in focus the whole body of the insect. Deatils of buttefly and flower can be well seen. Nice color rendering du to good use of light.

Thank you for sharing,

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