Citrus Swallowtail

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6 years 9 months ago #42903 by Dave Shedman
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We often see Citrus Swallowtail butterflies in our garden but they never stay long enough for a decent photo, probably because the plants we have do not appeal to them. However, today I noticed one landing on the shrubs that grow at the roadside opposite our garden and managed, at last, to get a decent photo of it. Coming from the UK, I'm not used to seeing such big butterflies (apparently the female is 90mm wide), so it was especially pleasing to photograph this one.

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6 years 9 months ago #42964 by Birdlover
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Dave I am not really into butterflies but i did enjoy the photo. Nice one.

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6 years 9 months ago #42983 by JGB
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Well doen, these are not the easiest bugs to photograh

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6 years 9 months ago #42989 by Dave Shedman
Dave Shedman replied the topic: Re: Citrus Swallowtail

JGB wrote: these are not the easiest bugs to photograh


Don't I know it! They never actually land in our garden but this one kept alighting on the bushes across the road, obviously to feed judging by the fact that its proboscis is clearly down inside a flower in this shot.

Thanks Philip, I'm not a butterfly afficionado like Justin but I do like to photograph them when I get the chance. I usually have to ask Justin to identify them for me! However, I always check with my list of species found in WSBG first to see if I can ID them from that, as we're only 9km by road from WSBG, and even less as the butterfly flies. Thankfully, this one is on that list.

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