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On 8.21.10, my mother and I joined ldeiter78 and SBatdorf for an afternoon of photos at the Hershey Gardens in Hershey, Pennsylvania (USA). This image is of a Zebra Longwing Butterfly which was designated as the official state butterfly of Florida in 1996.
This beautiful butterfly can be found throughout Florida in hardwood hammocks, thickets, gardens, and particularly in the Everglades National Park. Its eggs are laid on passion vine leaves which contain toxins that are consumed by the caterpillars. This makes the adult butterflies poisonous to predators.
Canon EOS Rebel T2i
1/160 sec. exp.
Canon 100 mm macro lens
Flash did not fire
Post-processing in Photoshop