July 6, 2016


Or moth?  Or?  Whatever it is, it’s mighty pretty.  And for some reason, a bit forbidding/eerie.  The colors?  The bit of red?  Look at those dots of yellow on its rear whatever-they-ares, the skinny projections sticking out.  And the dot of black in the third yellow patch from the top.  Cool genetics.  Intense colors.  Very clearly delineated pattern.  Sure doesn’t look like camouflage coloration.  Maybe it’s ‘stay-away-I’m-not-yummy’ coloration!

2 thoughts on “July 6, 2016”

  1. A beautiful example of a giant swallowtail butterfly (Papilio cresphontes)! Very nice shot; butterflies seldom stay still long enough for me to get a good photo. The larvae look something like bird droppings. Talk about protective coloration!

    1. Ah, thank you for enlightening me. I have to confess: it might have been dead. Or playing dead? I didn’t want to poke it; just took the shot and moved on. Hurray for cell phone cameras that have improved so much!

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