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Black Morph Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (Please tell me if I got it wrong! Please!)
She is feeding on the nectar of Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum), a shrub that is native to the Appalachian Mountains in the eastern United States, ranging from southern New York to northern Georgia. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) is found in North America and is common. Surprisingly, at least to me, the females may be either yellow or black, making them dimorphic (occurring in two distinct forms)..
Canon PowerShot SX20 IS f/5.7 1/200s ISO-400 100mm
Photo taken in Macon County, North Carolina, USA
© Jean Gregory Evans


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  • Susan Blevins
    Susan Blevinsalmost 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture Jean!!!!…beautiful colors and great composition….Susan

  • Thank you very much, Susan! That is a lovely compliment and I really appreciate it!

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsalmost 3 years ago

    Beautifully composed and such wonderful colors!

  • Ulla Jensen
    Ulla Jensenalmost 3 years ago

    Wow, that is an amazing close up, Jean…..! Love how her spots match the colours of the Azalea !!! Hope all is awell in your camp. Cheers xx

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