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Pipevine Swallowtail I  9854 by Eolhin Pipevine Swallowtail I  9854 by Eolhin
This is a digital photograph of a Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly (Battus philenor). It is a bit the worse for wear though, and the swallowtail part is missing. A viewer corrected me on the identification of this one. I had originally identified it as a Spicebush Swallowtail, going by the little booklet that the butterfly garden handed out, which in this case, was incorrect.
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:iconkythsharra:
kythsharra Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007
Oooh gods, I really like that color. The gradient teal. I so want to steal it for a picture. Nice shot!
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Eolhin Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2007   General Artist
Thank you very much. :) And go right ahead and sample the colors if you want to.
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Fezzgator Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Considering how quickly a butterfly and tatter their wings you can hardly be faulted for the damage, but praised for getting the blue to show up. I do have a nick-picky problem though. That isn't a Spicebush, its a Pipevine Swallowtail. The Spicebush is a mimic of the Pipevine but the Spicebush's blue isn't irrodescent and will always be there where here that blue is only showing up due to the light hitting it.
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Eolhin Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007   General Artist
There, I think I have them all fixed now...
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Fezzgator Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm sorry to have caused you to go to all the trouble, I just thought I would let you know. I am curious as to what place would give out such information if you don't mind me asking. Also, if you're wondering just what a Spicebush looks like check out this person's shot of one [link] as it shows pretty clearly its markings.
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Eolhin Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007   General Artist
No, I would rather be accurate, then leave things confused. I hate spreading misinformation, even accidentally.

The Butterflies Alive Butterfly Garden that is part of The Living Desert (what sort of passes for a zoo around here), in Palm Desert, CA. To be fair to them, I looked through other pictures that my brother took on an earlier trip there (the year before), and he had one of what clearly really was a Spicebush. So I imagine that they couldn't get the Spicebush this last year, and the Pipevine was substituted, or something like that, and they just neglected to update their hand-out.

Oh, I googled both kinds, after you told me about the problem, so I have looked at several pictures. Interesting that with some species, the sex can make a significant difference. No mention of that in the booklet. *snorts* Just one image for each kind. I never got to see the undersides of the wings on the Pipevine, so I didn't know that it even had the seven round orange spots, or should have.
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Eolhin Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007   General Artist
Thank you. :)

*blinks* Interesting. I was going by the booklet (with pictures) that they handed out at the butterfly garden to identify it. There was only one in the booklet with anything like this coloration, and I just used the name and scientific identification that the booklet claimed was correct for this one. The next time I go there, I will have to tell them that they may have their information wrong. Perhaps they accidentally ordered the wrong kind of chrysalis. Meh, I don't know if I have the energy to go through and rename all of this kind right now though. It may take me a while. Thank you for the information.
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jocarra Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
God, I love the opalescent teal...
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:iconeolhin:
Eolhin Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007   General Artist
Isn't that lovely? I am rather fond of it as well. :) Can you imagine a dragon with opalescent scales like that?
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jocarra Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Raydl's wings are supposed to be like this, although not quite so blatantly colourful. I imagine them like an opal, or pearl, with no one colour dominating... but black instead of white.
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