Have you Chased a Ruby-Spotted Swallowtail Butterfly?

Have you chased butterflies? Have you Chased a Ruby-Spotted Swallowtail Butterfly any day?

I spotted this beautiful butterfly while waiting outside my daughters’ drawing class. It was flying on one side of the road one minute and the next minute it was on the other side of the road. How I wished it would sit still… and just as I was chasing and  praying hard, I was granted a shot. Few moments of bliss. My outstretched hands clutching my camera were beginning to ache as I approached it slowly and clicked at it from every possible angle. (It must have been an odd sight because I did hear the drivers standing at the roadside commenting and laughing to themselves.)

Have you Chased a Ruby-Spotted Swallowtail Butterfly

Frames of Ruby-Spotted Swallowtail Butterfly

Seeing the prints at home, I discovered that one of its tails was missing. It is the Ruby Spotted Swallowtail. The Swallowtail species have two tails at the rear which are mistaken as antennas by the birds. The bright red spots in iridescent blue in the rear, fools the birds into believing them as eyes. Some bird must have pecked at this butterfly’s tail end, but it is still alive! Ruby-Spotted Swallowtail
Scientific name: Papilio anchisiades
Family and subfamily: Papiliondae
Phylum and subphylum: Arthropoda
Class and subclass: Insecta

More Swallowtail pictures here.

Strange are the nature’s ways. She has given such tiny insects the means to protect themselves from their natural enemies. Some of them mimic scary animals to frighten the predators away. I tried to get closer to capture just its body but it fled before that. I cursed myself for having got greedier.

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly.” – Richard Bach.

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