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Copyright: Jun Kim (Dooley) (59)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-28
Camera: Canon 20D
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-02-12 16:25
Viewed: 4033
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In this photo I tried the 'Out-of-bound' action in PS for the first time. It came out O.K. but not great. I wish I had a little more background near the butterfly body. Your critiques welcome. Thanks.

**Found this info about this butterfly in the web by help of Pawan**

Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly
Eurytides marcellus

The Zebra Swallowtail butterfly is a common butterfly with distinctive black and white markings and elongated tails on its hindwings It also has some small red and blue hindwing markings and strongly-scalloped hindwing margins. The caterpillar is yellow-green with black and yellow stripes. The Zebra Swallowtail has a wingspan of about 3.75-4.5 inches (9.5-11.5 cm).

They are called swallowtails because they have long "tails" on their hindwings which look a bit like the long, pointed tails of swallows (a type of bird).

The caterpillar's first meal is its own eggshell. After that, the caterpillars eat the pawpaw (Asimina triloba).

Butterflies can only sip liquid food using a tube-like proboscis, which is a long, flexible "tongue." This proboscis uncoils to sip food, and coils up again into a spiral when not in use.

Zebra Swallowtails drink sweet flower nectar. Unlike most butterflies, they are also able to collect pollen from some flowers (with their proboscis). They digest the pollen, and absorb its amino acids (proteins). This extra nutrition lets them survive, mate and lay eggs for long periods (up to about 6 months).

Caterpillar: The larva has a gland on its neck that gives off a strong, unpleasant odor when the caterpillar is threatened, keeping away dangerous wasps and flies that try to lay eggs in the caterpillar. This gland, called an osmeterium, is orange, y-shaped, and on the larva's neck.

Butterfly: The Zebra Swallowtail butterfly is not a poisonous butterfly, and does not mimic any poisonous species.

The Zebra Swallowtail is found from Southern Ontario, Canada, Minnesota and Wisconsin to New England to Florida and the Gulf States.

It takes about a month for the adult to develop (from egg to pupa to adult).

Order: Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)
Family: Papilionidae (apollos, swallowtails, and birdwings)
Genus: Eurytides (Kite swallowtails)
Species: marcellus

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To gurupawan: Great web site, thanks.Dooley 1 02-13 09:26
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Hi kim

This is good looking 1 ,good sharpness achived.i am not sure of this family let me look it up in my book if i find anything matching will let u know in the mean time check onthis site http://www.naba.org/images/papilionidae/papilionidae.html hope u will find what ur looking for.



Ji jun, intersting work with good framing. Nice butterfly.

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  • deons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 55] (595)
  • [2006-02-13 4:15]

Hi Kim

Nice shot, framing adds to the subject
Sorry but I cannot identify the butterfly.


A beautiful presentation, The butterfly is excellent

Goutham R

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