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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Close-up of a butterfly

The Citrus Swallowtail (papilio demodocus)is one of our more common butterflies. It is large with a wingspan of about 85mm. They lay their eggs on citrus trees. I caught this one in the garden and he was frienly enough to crawl on my hand and let me take the following two photographs.
This is a close-up section of the wing. Sometimes I think I should get a microscope for pictures like these.
These were taken of one I found in the garden. He was on his last legs and sat perfectly still while allowing me to take these pictures.

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