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Taken in my backyard, Marana Arizona using a Canon Powershot SX10IS

Pipevine Swallowtails frequent a variety of flowers in desert and foothills as well as verbenas and lantanas in city gardens. Often, they are one of the first butterflies seen on summer mornings, wither in flight or basking with wings open to the sun’s warmth. On hot days, adults visit puddles and damp spots.

Their ornate, reddish larvae feed avidly on pipevine leaves, ingesting aristolochic acids that make them and their adults unpalatable. Several other species, such as the red-spotted purple, mimic the appearance of poisonous pipevine adults to avoid being eaten. Species distasteful to birds and other predators often are brightly colored to advertise that they are poisonous.

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Comments

  • Betty Maxey
    Betty Maxeyabout 4 years ago

    This one is certaintly colorful!! Beautiful shot!

  • Thank you so very much Betty!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • DonnaMoore
    DonnaMooreabout 4 years ago

    What a great capture Kimberly…Such a pretty butterfly.

  • I appreciate that a lot Donna, thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsabout 4 years ago

    What a beautiful coloured butterfly. Really shows off with the pink flowers.

  • Thank you Ginger! I appreciate that Ma’am!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerabout 4 years ago

    AWSOME ! Had to FAVOR this one my dear. Thumbs up. One of your best …Hugs…Tom

  • I am honored that you think so enough to fave it Tom, thank you Sir!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Quinn Blackburn
    Quinn Blackburnabout 4 years ago

    Beautifully captured! Great work! :o) wishing you laughter

  • I thank you for your visit and wishes.

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yagerabout 4 years ago

    How beautiful, Kimberly! I’ve never seen pictures of this one before, and your description is so helpful!

  • Thank you Pat, I appreciate the notice of the info Ma’am!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 4 years ago

    Unbelievably beautiful butterfly! A fine composition with the flowers.

  • Thank you so very much Sheila, I am glad you like it!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Rstrick2
    Rstrick2about 4 years ago

    I just love your butterfly photos.

  • Robert, that puts a smile on my heart to see you say that. it means a lot to me Sir, thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterabout 4 years ago

    I love the Southwest colors on this gorgeous butterfly! Dee

  • Thank you so very much Dee!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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