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Mother's Favorite by Fezzgator Mother's Favorite by Fezzgator
The Pipevine Swallowtail happens to be my Mom's favorite butterfly. A shame as it is a rare sight in southeast Florida but less so in the Butterfly Rainforest. I have continued to have a difficult time properly capturing the iridescence of the wings but for now this is the best I can do! The orange spots combines with the iridescence make foe a excellent warning sign to predators to stay away as this one is toxic. As a result this pattern is often mimic by other native species such as the Spicebush Swallowtail and the Red-Spotted Purple.

Scientific Name: Battus philenor
Family: Papilionidae
Subfamily: Papilioninae
Tribe: Troidini
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cavylover139 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student General Artist
These are all over the place where I live. They're gorgeous. 
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
I can see why it's mother's favorite! :love: Awesome! :clap:
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Fezzgator Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
lol, indeed! I'm glad you like it as well!
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hepiladron Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a beauty of a butterfly. And you captured the colors very well in this shot! :)
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Fezzgator Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much, it was tricky to be sure!
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Aceling Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
A toxic butterfly? :O Great capture! I love the colours. ^^
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Fezzgator Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh yes, its actually fairly common. Many butterflies are toxic to eat, usually indicated by yellow, orange or red on the wings and/or the body.
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Aceling Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, I never knew that. o.o I wasn't planning on eating a butterfly anytime soon anyway. xDDD
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Fezzgator Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
lol, no one ever does but I always enjoy telling people that.
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duggiehoo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
And the black female form of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, which mimics it too.

They are too cool as are their larvae!
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