Spotlight Photography – Insects Photo Click 37 – Scarce Swallowtail (2) – A Photo by Michael Sammut @ The Adventures Of…

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Iphiclides podalirius

Photographed in Sicily, Italy.

The Scarce Swallowtail is one of Europe’s most elegant and showy butterflies.

Contrary to it’s name, it is rather common and widespread. It is distributed in most of Europe, except the extreme northern parts, the East Palearctic, east across Asia Minor and Transcaucasia, the Arabian Peninsula, Pakistan, India and western China. The name ‘scarce’ is related to it’s relative scarcity in the United Kingdom.

However and very Unfortunately, like many other butterfly species, the trend is that it is declining too, and in many countries it is now protected.

Female laying eggs, photographed in Spain.

Two interesting facts about this butterfly, concern the pupae and the larvae. It has two colour forms of the pupae. A green form, which is formed on the host plant and a brown form, which is produced in leaf litter. The latter are generally predominant after August, when most…

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Spotlight Photography – Celebrating Earth Day 2022 and National Park Week – Posted by Jane Lurie @ Jane Lurie Photography

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“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”  

~Native American Proverb

Photography, Landscapes, Earth Day, Environment, Conservation, Nature, Climate Change, National Parks, Fujifilm, Nikon Adore

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“Take nothing but pictures

Kill nothing but time

Leave nothing but footprints

To show you came by”

~ John Kay

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“I wish that all of nature’s magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed.”

~Annie Leibovitz

Photography, Landscapes, Earth Day, Environment, Conservation, Nature, Climate Change, National Parks, Fujifilm, Nikon Marvel

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Images:

Bryce Canyon, Utah | Chile, South America | Grand Canyon, Arizona | Point Reyes, California | Crater Lake, Oregon | Glacier, Montana | Sonoma, California | Sedona, Arizona | Carrizo Plain, California | Badlands, South Dakota | Kangaroo Island, Australia

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Don’t miss the new Netflix series, Our Great National Parks. Phenomenal wildlife and nature footage.

Helpful links to learn more about the environment and conservation: 

Earth Day

The Nature Conservancy

National Park Service

World Wildlife…

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Spotlight Photography – Sara Longwing – A Photo by Michael Sammut @ The Adventures Of…

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Heliconius sara

Photographed in Costa Rica.

The Sara Longwing is a heliconius butterfly that is found from Mexico to the Amazon basin and Southern Brazil.

The species is protected from predation by toxins that are concentrated by the caterpillars which feed on passion flower vines. These toxic compounds found in the vines, are transferred from the caterpillar to the pupae and eventually to the adult stage.

The species keeps breeding all year round and produce several generations every year.

It is also one of the various species from this family of butterflies, exhibiting the unusual practice of pupal mating. This is when males are attracted to female pupae via the latter’s pheromones. They will eventually mate as soon as the female emerges from the pupae.

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