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Spicebush Swallowtail ~ Day 354

I was out watching the birds this morning on the deck. I noticed a butterfly fluttering on the last of the butterfly bush blooms. So surprised as the temperatures have been in the 40s the last few mornings. I went out, rain soaked grass and all, with my camera and snapped a few phots of what I call a magnificent butterfly. The colors are simply amazing.

The spicebush swallowtail butterfly, Papilio troilus Linnaeus, is one of the most beautiful and interesting swallowtails. It is relatively common in natural areas and flower gardens throughout the eastern and parts of the mid-western United States. Larvae, pupae and adults are great examples of adaptive coloration. 

Nature is still amazing even in the middle of October.

365 Photos Challenge Day 354

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