Adult or imago - lime butterfly

Adult or imago
The adult, sexually mature, stage of the insect is known as the imago. As Lepidoptera, butterflies have four wings that are covered with t...
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Adult or imago
The adult, sexually mature, stage of the insect is known as the imago. As Lepidoptera, butterflies have four wings that are covered with tiny scales (see photo). The fore and hindwings are not hooked together, permitting a more graceful flight. An adult butterfly has six legs, but in the nymphalids, the first pair is reduced. After it emerges from its pupal stage, a butterfly cannot fly until the wings are unfolded. A newly emerged butterfly needs to spend some time inflating its wings with hemolymph and let them dry, during which time it is extremely vulnerable to predators. Some butterflies' wings may take up to three hours to dry while others take about one hour. Most butterflies and moths will excrete excess dye after hatching. This fluid may be white, red, orange, or in rare cases, blue.[citation
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danielmartin July 04, 2014
Bravo! Very well captured...!
chocovoices July 06, 2014
i need 23 days to make it happen
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JamesJPhotography July 13, 2014
Great work! :)
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Danny_martin_10 August 18, 2015
Great work, the effort in taking this phototure is all worth it when you see the final result :)
chocovoices August 18, 2015
thanks till next post
ZachEddy April 19, 2016
This is stunning to see that you captured this shot. I do "Home Farming" of swallowtails. Last summer, we pulled in 15 + off my parsley patio planter. Most Ever. It was great fun to watch them go from egg, to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. I love how they will crawl all over you before they can fly. All 6 of my grandchildren have been able to participate in this wonderful experience. My "google" research has encouraged me in this endeavor, since they are so vulnerable to their natural predators. Good luck going forward and I am really enjoying your photography.

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