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I was stalking damselflies when I lifted my gaze and saw THIS newly emerged tiger swallowtail looking like a spot of sunshine on a wild blueberry branch overhanging the creek.

I had a hiking staff with me (it’s snake season), and by steps got closer. It left three times to return to the same spot. Lucky for me! I didn’t even get stung by fire ants on my bare feet.

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Bayou George, FL


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  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 1 year ago

    April 18, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • May Lattanzio
    May Lattanzioover 1 year ago

    Thank you, Teresa and the 100 per cent group!

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 1 year ago

    Very nice capture

  • Jeanette Muhr
    Jeanette Muhrover 1 year ago

  • Jeanette Muhr
    Jeanette Muhrover 1 year ago

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 1 year ago

    Commendable work May…24 April 2013

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  • May Lattanzio
    May Lattanzioover 1 year ago

    Thank you all! I rescued another newly emerged Tiger Swallowtail yesterday morning. They lay eggs in oak trees, and we have oaks all over the place. So I’m thinking that this one from yesterday, had emerged in the last two hours in the cold morning, and fell out of its tree into my Four o’Clock bed. So I picked it up and “hung” it onthe bark of another oak tree so it could warm and fly. And it did! Got an even better, closer photo, spread. That Florida sunshine is good for every ill!

  • Joe Jennelle
    Joe Jennelleover 1 year ago

    A beauty indeed, what great resolution and depth!

  • Chazagirl
    Chazagirlabout 1 year ago

    Gorgeously elegant and beautiful!!

  • Joe Jennelle
    Joe Jennelleabout 1 year ago

    Beautiful swallowtail capture Mary. I would never go out barefoot in Florida, you are a hardy breed!

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