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Apr 4, 2021 6:01 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
A Tail of Two Ants πŸ˜‹

They have no idea they are on or between the wings of a brand new
Anise Swallowtail butterfly.
We had 14 Swallowtail caterpillars on an anise,
and were able to follow one as it went from caterpillar to butterfly.

Thumb of 2020-10-07/EscondidoCal/ac6e11
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Apr 4, 2021 6:10 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Incredible banner Cal!
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Apr 4, 2021 7:43 PM CST
Name: cheapskate gardener
South Florida (Zone 10a)
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How did you get this shot?

Beautiful.
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Apr 4, 2021 9:29 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
hlutzow said:How did you get this shot?
Beautiful.

Thanks.....when they first emerge from their chrysalis, and their wings
are drying, they are very docile, and they will even perch on your finger (or head).
This one landed on some wood, and posed for me. Smiling
Thumb of 2021-04-05/EscondidoCal/e92dd1see slideshow
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Apr 5, 2021 5:01 AM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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Pretty neat to catch that Cal! Way cool slideshow too. That was a treat!
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Apr 5, 2021 5:19 AM CST
Name: Elizabeth
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Love the rich colors and abstract feel to the banner crop. Breathtaking shots in the slide show. Thank You! I tip my hat to you.
I post high resolution photos (nature, travel, and other subjects) on smugmug
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Apr 5, 2021 8:57 AM CST
Zone 5
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This is art work! Beautiful!
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Apr 5, 2021 11:22 AM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Thank you everyone for you great comments, thumbs & acorns.
My reward is knowing you enjoy these images. Smiling

"Hello world!" Hurray!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
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Apr 5, 2021 9:02 PM CST
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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Wow! that is so cool, Cal! I missed the image as a banner. Thanks for posting the original and the slide show. Gorgeous pictures! Lovey dubby
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Apr 5, 2021 9:42 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
lauriemorningglory said:Wow! that is so cool, Cal! I missed the image as a banner. Thanks for posting the original and the slide show. Gorgeous pictures! Lovey dubby

Thanks, Laurie!
Did you see the video of her emerging & pumping up her wings? Smiling
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Apr 5, 2021 10:02 PM CST
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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I missed it! Just watched it now. Well, parts of it---at 2x speed! I tried recording a swallowtail emerging last year, though it didn't quite work. It is interesting how the crumpled creature that emerges from the pupal skin can develop such gorgeous wings. Smiling
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Apr 6, 2021 6:22 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
It's 57 min, but she get's out in the first minute.....then it takes a while to unfold her wings.
I had to set up a camera 24/7 to get the moment. I'll try to speed it up e.g. 10X.
If you turn your back, they make their chrysalis, then again when they come out. Rolling my eyes.
Very cagey. Big Grin
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