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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 Jul 20, 2013  Student General Artist
These are all over the place where I live. They're gorgeous. 
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:iconcorvidae65:
I can see why it's mother's favorite! :love: Awesome! :clap:
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Fezzgator Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
lol, indeed! I'm glad you like it as well!
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hepiladron 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 Feb 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much, it was tricky to be sure!
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Aceling Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
A toxic butterfly? :O Great capture! I love the colours. ^^
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Fezzgator 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 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 Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
lol, no one ever does but I always enjoy telling people that.
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:iconduggiehoo:
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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