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"Little Momma"

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Copyright: Jim White (jmirah) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: KODAK Z612, 35-420mm Schneider Kreuznach Variogon
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterfly & Dragonfly [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-15 7:08
Viewed: 2665
Points: 8
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Gulf Fritillary
Agraulis vanillae

A Gulf Fritillary lays her eggs in a Maypop patch that I discovered while walking along some RR tracks near the base of the Galveston Causeway. I watched as this and another Fritillary flew around the Maypops depositing eggs and defending their territory. Two Eastern Tiger Swallowtails Papilio glaucus tried entering the area only to be aggressively chased away by the much smaller Gulf Fritillarys. The caterpillar of the Gulf Fritillary feeds exclusively on the fruit, leaves and flowers of the Maypop (Passionflower). Many birds will not eat the larva or caterpillars because they contain a toxin obtained from ingesting the maypops, thus the bright reddish coloring which translates "WARNING!!! poison!!!" to other animals.

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WOW! Awesome opportunity!!!
How cool is that? Great shot of something we might see but often overlook. :)

I think you may have been reading my mind. Yesterday I noted on one picture of the remindfulness of a Zen Garden. Using this technique as a backdrop, although not a true Zen Garden, is close enough and different enough to bring out the unusual angle which I always find "different". It is the differences in all things which identify us yes?

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Hi Tom,
Lovely composition, nice colors it is may be a litle dark but I'm anderstand you tray to capture the action, well done TFS Regards/Lawhill

Hi Jim,

A nice image of the Gulf Fritillary butterfly, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing.


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