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Up Close & Personal With A Batwing Swallowtail (Agophaneura semperi) (best viewed large)

By gconant  
Also known as a Red Bodied Swallowtail.
Indigenous to parts of Central America.
These guys are prime examples of Batesian and Mullerian Mimicry.
Their caterpillars eat plants that make the butterflies toxic to predators.
Predators have learned to avoid all butterflies with bright red bodies, which also allows other non-toxic butterflies with red bodies to avail themselves of the same predator avoidance that Batwings enjoy.


Tags: Butterflies Wildlife and nature Lepidoptery Batwing swallowtails Agophaneura semperi Red Bodied Swallowtails

Voters: Badgerfred, Karuma1970, Alfie_P and 24 more

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2 Dec 2020 11:22PM
A beauty Glenn, like the detail,
2 Dec 2020 11:53PM
Incredible close-up
manicam 16 44 1 Canada
3 Dec 2020 12:43AM
Wow 🤩 beautiful close up photo Glenn

taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
3 Dec 2020 12:45AM
That is quite a red--- no one would touch something that red!
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
3 Dec 2020 2:38AM
A very colourful one. Would sure to be noticed.
Wow, that is close up Glenn.Stunning!
dales Plus
5 11 Australia
3 Dec 2020 7:55AM
Amazing colour with this beauty Glenn , excellent close-up
KingArthur 14 8 Malta
3 Dec 2020 8:45AM
Wonderful macro shot Glenn, lovely detail

Joe Smile
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8 166 16 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2020 10:20AM
Excellent SmileSmileSmile

Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2020 7:51PM
Priceless close-up!! Spectacular subject Glenn.
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peterkin 17 673 England
3 Dec 2020 8:42PM
Terrific close-up shot, Glenn.


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