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|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
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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)
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
- [2008-11-06 9:34]
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...