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Old Jun 29, 2009, 12:22 PM   #11
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If you'd like to see more, here is the link
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http://scienceguy.smugmug.com/galler...71347294_V2ciz

Excellent photographs. From this selection of tropical butterflies I'd swear you were in Florida. Would you mind posting here your No, 9142 from page 1? It is a very rare Atala, which was the subject of a discussion on another thread?

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Old Jun 29, 2009, 12:28 PM   #12
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Excellent photographs. From this selection of tropical butterflies I'd swear you were in Florida. Would you mind posting here your No, 9121 from page 1? It is a very rare Atala, which was the subject of a discussion on another thread?

Ah, the advantages of a traveling butterfly show. Here you go, happy to oblige.



If you're interested? Here is another gallery of butterflies from the same traveling show back in 2006.
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Ah, the advantages of a traveling butterfly show. Here you go, happy to oblige. These two shots are of the same butterfly.
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Thanks; The other thread is here:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...butterfly.html

It is a similar butterfly, the Great Purple Hairstreak.

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I just checked the Turtle Bay Exploration Park website and discovered that the butterfly in question is an
Eumaeus atala, Atala (Coontie Hairstreak). Steve

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Old Jun 29, 2009, 12:57 PM   #15
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I just checked the Turtle Bay Exploration Park website and discovered that the butterfly in question is an
Eumaeus atala, Atala (Coontie Hairstreak). Steve
The Coontie is a native Souhern Florida cycad, which I had learned as Zamia integrifolia, although it may now have a different name. The Atala breeds only on this plant, which has becomne increasingly rare in the wild due to habitat destruction and so now breeds mostly on ornamental plantings.

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The Coontie is a native Souhern Florida cycad, which I had learned as Zamia integrifolia, although it may now have a different name. The Atala breeds only on this plant, which has becomne increasingly rare in the wild due to habitat destruction and so now breeds mostly on ornamental plantings.
Thanks for the information. I did find one more picture for you.

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Very nice Steve!
I get rather frustrated trying to get good butterfly shots, they just won't stay still!
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Very nice Steve!
I get rather frustrated trying to get good butterfly shots, they just won't stay still!

Boy! Ain't that the truth. Thanks for looking.

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All are great, the Swallow Tail diagonal pleases me especially.

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All are great, the Swallow Tail diagonal pleases me especially.

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