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Old Aug 16, 2008, 10:39 AM   #1
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Took this yesterday, but only got two shots before it flew away!

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Old Aug 16, 2008, 1:34 PM   #2
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Nice shot Tom,
Butterflies seem to be the hardest for me to capture. They won't sit still long enough!:G
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Old Aug 16, 2008, 4:37 PM   #3
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Nice catch of an interesting butterfly. This is the black form of the female Tiger Swallowtail, which like the black forms of other swallowtails mimics the noxious Pipevine Swallowtail in the same way that some other butterflies mimic the noxious Monarchs. For some reason, the mimics, with one exception, only occur in females.
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Nice catch of an interesting butterfly. This is the black form of the female Tiger Swallowtail, which like the black forms of other swallowtails mimics the noxious Pipevine Swallowtail in the same way that some other butterflies mimic the noxious Monarchs. For some reason, the mimics, with one exception, only occur in females.
That is because the female of the species is smarter, as well as more deadly, than the male! Nice shot Tom, is that Impatience that it is feeding on?

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Very pretty! I'm another one who struggles with butterflies. I haven't seen many this year - we've been staying home far more than normal (cost of gas definitely affects our lives).
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Graet shot, nice detail.
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Very nice. I see these occasionally but they sure don;t stay still for long.

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Old Aug 17, 2008, 12:38 PM   #8
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That's very interesting, I could see it was not as black as the Black Swallowtail butterflies we have around here, but I never realized there were color variations of the Tiger Swallowtail.

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