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Flying Colors

Flying Colors
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Copyright: Travis Truelove (wildlife) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 42] (259)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300mm 1:4 L IS w/ 1.4 extender, Handheld in Sports Mode
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-30 3:22
Viewed: 2690
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The color of the eastern tiger swallowtail can vary. Males are yellow or yellow-orange with black tiger stripes. Their wings are bordered in black with yellow spots and there are black "tiger stripes" running across the top of their wings. Their long black tails have blue patches on them. Female colors can range from the yellow of the male to an almost solid bluish-black. Their wing span is between 3 5/8 and 6 inches.
Life History: Males patrol for receptive females. Females lay eggs singly on host leaves. Caterpillars eat leaves and rest on silken mats in shelters of curled leaves. Chrysalids overwinter.
Wing Span: 3 5/8 - 6 1/2 inches (9.2 - 16.5 cm).
Caterpillar Hosts: Leaves of various plants including wild cherry (Prunus), sweetbay (Magnolia), basswood (Tilia), tulip tree (Liriodendron), birch (Betula), ash (Fraxinus), cottonwood (Populus), mountain ash (Sorbus), and willow (Salix).
Adult Food: Nectar of flowers from a variety of plants including wild cherry and lilac (Syringa vulgaris).
Habitat: Deciduous broadleaf woods, forest edges, river valleys, parks, and suburbs.
Range: Eastern North America from Ontario south to Gulf coast, west to Colorado plains and central Texas.

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Nicely done Travis. You've got excellent detail and I love the composition.


Hello Travis,
A very nice presentation of this Tiger Swallowtail shown with fine detail and natural coloration. This is one of my favorite butterflies that I look forward to seeing each summer here in Ohio. Well done!

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