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Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail
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Copyright: Billy C Banks (K9madtex) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 67 N: 278] (1022)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM, Canon 72mm UV Haze
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): By Cade [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-01 18:59
Viewed: 4398
Points: 22
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Pipevine Swallowtail

Battus philenor

Family: Parnassians and Swallowtails (Papilionidae)

Subfamily: Swallowtails (Papilioninae)

Identification: Upper surface of hindwing iridescent blue or blue-green. Underside of hindwing with submarginal row of 7 round orange spots in iridescent blue field.

Life history: Adult males patrol likely habitat in search of receptive females. Females lay batches of eggs on underside of host plant leaves. Caterpillars feed in small groups when young but become solitary when older. Wintering is by the chrysalis.

Flight: In the East and California, adults fly primarily in late spring and summer, but the butterfly is commoner in late summer and fall in the South and Southwest. Where lack of freezing temperatures permit, adults may fly continuously. In lowland tropical Mexico they may be found in any month.

Wing span: 2 3/4 - 5 inches (7 - 13 cm).

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Billy, A very graceful butterfly. Looks like a painting. Would have been better if you had included some part of the plant on which it is sitting. - Murali Santhanam

I just love this, Billy!

You have captured a great pose here! Good, sharp detail of the butterfly and its attractive colours. The light and shadows on its wings are great!
Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi Billy,
A wonderful capture with very stunning colors. Looks like the 'b'fly had its wings still flapping since the tips are a bit blurry. I like the light reflection on the bottom of its wings. The OOF BG helps to bring out the wonderful colors of the b'fly and flowers perfectly.

Nice capture of butterfly,good pov and details,lovely colours.
well done.

Not colorful but great shot. Sharpness is good.

Great details on the body! This is really good!! The lighting is wonderful. Isn't it amazing that these creatures are so light they can stand on a bloom that size!

Very very wonderfull

Hey Billy, Stunning image nice and sharp, and well framed, excellent notes, Cheers Rick

Hi Billy,
Lovely capture of this swallow tail.Good compo.,DOF and POV.
Congrats and TFS

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  • Perro Silver Star Critiquer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 59] (553)
  • [2007-08-26 22:03]

Hello Billy,
A wonderful capture with very nice colors.
Great details on the body, the light and shadows on its wings are great.
Well done! Thank you for sharing.
My best regards,

Bonjour Billy,
Superbe photo de ce papillon, avec un choix intéressant du cadre.
Merci du partage.

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