Butterfly ~ Pipevine Swallowtail II by Kimberly Chadwick

Butterfly ~ Pipevine Swallowtail II by 



Taken in Tucson, Arizona using a Canon Powershot SX110IS

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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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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  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture Kimberly!!

  • Thank you Marvin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIonealmost 5 years ago

    “Excellent! Thank you for submitting your work to the Art & Collectables Sales Group. ":http://www.redbubble.com/groups/the-collectors-...
    Another beauty!

  • Thank you Joycelone, I appreciate that……

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Judy Wanamaker
    Judy Wanamakeralmost 5 years ago

    Great timing!!

  • Thank you Judy!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 5 years ago

  • Thanks Ray!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Russell Couch
    Russell Couchalmost 5 years ago

    Great capture

  • Many thank Deer!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • RichardKlos
    RichardKlosalmost 5 years ago
  • Thank you so very much! I am stoked Sir~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • swaby
    swabyalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent beautiful capture, congratulations!

  • Thank you dear Swaby, good to see you darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIonealmost 5 years ago
  • YIPEEE! Thank you very much, a great ending to this day!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsalmost 5 years ago

    CONGRATS on your Feature!!!!! Wonderful work… :)))) I am honored to be among you…

  • It is I who is honored…lol, thank you Cookie!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckeralmost 5 years ago

    congrats on your feature…beautiful capture :-)

  • Thank you Eastsider, I apprecaite that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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