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Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)
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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: 2016-08-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-08-22 19:32
Viewed: 2327
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Rosie and I spent this past weekend at a little cabin high in the mountain near the town of Gauley West Virginia. It was nice just to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily work life.

I spotted this pretty Pipevine Swallowtail as it visited the many wild flowers along the banks of the Kanawha River. It had rained off and on all morning long and was pretty dark and cloudy out when I took this shot.

Like the Monarch, this is a butterfly that predators avoid because of its nasty taste. Look-alikes which benefit from this avoidance are the Black Swallowtails, Red-spotted Purples, and the female Black Swallowtails. These mimic butterflies also have very similar flight behaviors.

A fairly large butterfly with a wing span of between 2 3/4 to 5 inches. You will find the Pipevine Swallowtail in open forests. woodland edges, roadsides, fields and meadows.

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My first viewing of this giant of a Swallowtail, Ron, and I'm really stunned by its unmatched beauty. You couldn't think of a better perspective; the open wings reveal the complete range of markings and colors it is endowed with.
An absolutely professional job there. Thanks a lot for sharing this flawless beauty.

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-08-23 0:36]

Hello Ron,
Excellent photo of this special butterfly in splendid contrasting colors and good sharpness. Great DOF.

Hello Ron,
This is indeed a beauty....I like the amazing blue wings...Outstanding details and focus....Superb job....

Hi Ron,

The flowers are helping to frame the butterfly. The point of view is showing the details of the Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly. The good luminosity is bringing out the colors. Have a nice dya.


Hello Ron,
Something extraordinary here if we concentrate on its color and beautiful light. Very eye catching BG light too. Detail on wing is really good.
Thanks for showing such beautiful butterfly,
Best regards,

Ciao Ron, great macro of fantastic butterfly, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-08-27 15:48]

Waaw Ron! Spectacular specie and spectacular open wings capture too.2 points are not enough,one of the pics of this year on TN,no doubts.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2016-08-29 22:49]

Hola Ron, que foto espectacular de esta bella mariposa, el color, enfoque, entorno, composiciĆ³n y manejo de la luz perfectos...saludos.

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