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Going Green
Photo By David Dawson

  • Title: Going Green
  • State/Province/Region: Missouri
  • Country: United States
  • Nearest Area: Ozark National Scenic Riverways
  • Nearest Town: Salem
  • Description: The Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio troilus) goes through 6 instars, or stages, of development before pupating. In the 4th instar this caterpillar is brown with white splotches, resembling bird droppings. The 5th instar brings a dramatic change to this colorful, almost comic, look. The large false eye spots help make the caterpillar look like a small snake, which helps keep away its main predator - birds. Canon 100mm lens, ISO 100, F/9, 1/200 second.
  • Gear: Canon 40d, canon 100mm macro
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Keywords:  AnimalsGreenNatureWildlife
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