A few of my favourite things..

Large Citrus Butterfly

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I liked the wrapping paper effect the fence created in the background.

This large butterfly was laying eggs on the same orange tree as a smaller swallowtail, the Dingy/Dainty swallowtail, on the day I took this shot.  We took some eggs, an advanced caterpillar, and a chrysalis made that day.

I would like to see one of these emerging, but this species is prone to attack by a nasty little fly.  The fly will lay eggs on the grub, or on the leaves that the caterpillar then eats.  The caterpillar will appear fine, even turn into a chrysalis, but the fly lavae will have been eating away at the non-essential elements of the caterpillars insides.  Once in the chrysalis stage, the fly lavae (disgusting little things) then eat up the poor caterpillar and instead of a glorious butterfly, you find yourself with a huddle of ugly imposters.

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7 responses

  1. WOW, great shot!
    Good luck with your butterflies, I hope you can keep them safe from the nasty little flies!

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    May 6, 2009 at 10:43 pm

  2. Thanks, Michaela. I have only a couple of days left to wait to see the verdict on the first chrysalis. 🙂

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    May 6, 2009 at 10:51 pm

  3. You in-flight shots are amazing.

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    May 7, 2009 at 9:28 am

  4. your; I mean, your

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    May 7, 2009 at 9:29 am

  5. Thank you, Burstmode. I’m clocking up some serious hours on the manual focus. It wasn’t quite perfect this time but I just couldn’t resist that background, and of course you can’t ask them to fly by it again for another try.

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    May 7, 2009 at 10:17 pm

  6. Vimal

    it’s a great angle

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    May 8, 2009 at 10:43 pm

  7. Thanks, Vimal =)

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    May 9, 2009 at 9:48 pm

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