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Butterfly ~ Gulf Fritillary by Kimberly Chadwick

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*Cover image for the Desert Butterflies ~ Vol 2


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 gulf 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 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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  • ZeeZeeshots
    ZeeZeeshotsover 4 years ago

    so beautifully capture!

  • Thank you Zoraida very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottover 4 years ago

    beautiful capture

  • Thank you Robert Sir!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • EagleHunter
    EagleHunterover 4 years ago

    Oh how beautiful Kimberly.

  • Thank you so much Pam!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesover 4 years ago

    Just gorgeous Kimberly! :)

    Gabe :)

  • Many, many thanks Gabe!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 4 years ago

  • YAY! Thank you so very much Lori!!!!!!!11

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Dreamflower
    Dreamflowerover 4 years ago

    What a beauty Kimberly, many congrats on your feature!

  • I appreciate that Dreamflower, thank you so much for stopping by!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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