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Western Tiger Swallowtail

Papilio rutulus




Caught this busy butterfly at the local Lowe's garden center!

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Nann Hudson Flowers
Nann Hudson Flowers 12 years ago

I can never bring myself to do it!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 12 years ago

Thank you for not pinning it alive!
I could almost feel the pain.

Matt Glynn
Matt Glynn 12 years ago

No, I put them in a kill jar first. I did it during an etymology course and haven't done it since, except once in a fir of passion chasing a tiger beetle. Pinning a live insect would be sadistic not to mention hard to do, that being said I accidentally did that to a mosquito, it's best to leave the insect in the jar with poison for at least an hour so you don't cause undue pain to an insect by pinning it live.

All that said etymology is weird.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 12 years ago

skyismyhero,do you really pin them up alive?

Matt Glynn
Matt Glynn 12 years ago

Awesome, I love swallowtails. Also they are very easy to catch and pin!

MayraSpringmann 12 years ago

Beautiful capture!

Atul 12 years ago


Hollister, Missouri, USA

Spotted on Apr 14, 2012
Submitted on Apr 15, 2012

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