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Butterfly ~ Gulf Fritillary by Kimberly Chadwick

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7-12-10

Taken in Tucson, Arizona using a Canon Powershot SX10IS

This is a fairly large commonly noticed species with a strong flight that sometimes carries it far from its normal haunts. Its spectacular underside of large, silver spots on a tan and red-orange background can bring a gasp to the uninitiated.

The guf fritillary belongs to a group of brush-foot butterflies known as long-wings. Female longwings have “stink clubs” on either of their abdomen, which disperse pheromones to attract males. The male transfers hos own chemical onto these stink clubs to repel other males and maximize his own offspring’s chance of survival.

Host Plants Ornamental passionvines in city gardens and native in canyons.

Flight Often year-round

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My goal is to get my name out there among the vast ocean of Natural photographers. To be known for my skill with a Point & Shoot~

My images are not photo shopped. They have only been adjusted with basic sharpening, contrasting & saturation techniques. I believe that in order to appreciate Nature, you have to capture it as it is, naturally.

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Comments

  • David Friederich
    David Friederichover 4 years ago

    What a beauty, Kimberly. Thank you so much for the description, too.

  • Always my pleasure David, I am glad that there are those of you that read and find knowledge. Makes it worth the writers cramp…lol

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • ZeeZeeshots
    ZeeZeeshotsover 4 years ago

    WOW! Magnificent Capture! Thanks for the info too!

  • I am pleased to see you say that Zoraida! Thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Kelly Robinson
    Kelly Robinsonover 4 years ago

    Lovely the colours are stunning

  • Thank you Kelly!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzover 4 years ago

    beautiful colors

  • I do so appreciate that George, thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterover 4 years ago

    Love that bright orange, looks like the butterfly did too, gorgeous! Dee

  • You know it…lol, thank you Dee!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Lovely capture, it blends well with it’s surrounds!

  • I love this butterfly, they are truly one of my desert favorites!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Gorgeous! Such colors….

  • Thank you Sheila, I am partial to this type of butterfly!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneover 4 years ago

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    Another beauty!

  • Thank you M’am!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 4 years ago

    Such a nice bright cheerful image!

  • Thank you very much for stopping and giving your support, I do apprecaite that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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