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Copyright: Thomas Bardin (Pentaxian) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13 W: 1 N: 50] (304)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-15
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
Camera: Pentax K20D, Pentax SMC-A 100mm Macro f/4
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/25 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-05 11:56
Viewed: 1305
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found these Tiger Swallowtail butterflies "puddling" in a dark sandy recess of a small creek in the Hocking Hills State Park during a hike.

The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio glaucus, is part of a family that have a very distinctive extension on their hindwings which looks like a tail. This tail also resembles the wings of a swallow in flight, thus the name "swallowtail".

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterflies are members of the subfamily Papilionidae (Swallowtails)of the order Lepidoptera (butterflies, skippers and moths)and have a wingspan that averages 4.8 inches.

The males like to "puddle". Puddling is the act of gathering at a mud or sandy puddle and sipping minerals from the moisture.

I think if you look closely, you can count six separate butterflies!!

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well done my friend
excellent capture with great light
this goes to favorites

boa noite Thomas
The light play is really curious and gives dynamic "breathe" to the photo. I likeit very much
Excellent note and thanks for both ( note and photo)
Um abrašo

Nice capture - I like the natural vignette effect from the lighting. Details could be sharper on the butterflies, but if you had a different POV you'd lose the strong composition.
Thanks for sharing

Wow! che foto meravigliosa...
mi piace moltissimo...


amazing looking flutterbies! i like the light coming in too,

Wonderful shot and good use of the light...
It's incredible, you could take several of those beautiful butterflies...
just congratulation!
Better wishes..

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