Seasons of the adult Citrus Swallowtail.

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A Beautiful butterfly isn't he? A young Spring season "Citrus Swallowtail" that has not developed his full colors yet!

Today I will show you the seasons of this beautiful butterfly species (Papilio demodocus) in our South African garden.
They are big butterflies that flit around constantly, but every now and then they will take a brief rest and that's when I strike with my camera.
Come and look!

First up is the Spring season.

This was taken just before he flew off again.
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Here's another youngster in a more colorful setting.
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Now we move to the Summer season!

As you can see, fully developed colors here in summer.
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The Citrus Swallowtail at his best in color during this season.
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Finally, we have the Winter season!

This old soldier has fought many battles for survival.
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Strong winds whipping him around and yet he clings to life.
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There's no nectar in that flower and still; he can fly.
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A poem here to show us that we should appreciate life every short day that we have.
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From beauty to the grave, not a very nice subject here, but indeed a wake up call for all of us.
Not surprisingly, the swallowtails biggest enemy is mankind with the chemical spray in the gardens, but then they also have to dodge insect hunting birds and many other predators.
We all have to face evil some times and just like this butterfly we will get through it and wear our scars with pride.
Kindness to all others is the balm that can heal many hearts.

And That's All Friends!

Note: All photos except the cited poem are my own and taken with a Canon Powershot SX60HS. Bridge camera.

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Wowzers ... fantastic captures:)

Thank you kindly for the appreciation.

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A beautiful butterfly and the poem is even more pretty! Thank you!
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Thank you kindly Lady Mary.

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Wow! Great photos! This butterfly looks really perfect!

Thank you kindly and I am glad that you liked the post.

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You’re welcome! ☺️

This is a real beauty of a butterfly, Zac, and the poem tells the truth - we should appreciate every moment we have, life is too short to complain.


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Thank you my friend.
There's no worth in complaining and it's a hateful habit.
Life is precious and every second must be appreciated.

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You're welcome, Zac :)

I think we have been talking about the moaning of the Austrian before. But that's something different, because it's "normal" that we moan and complain about everything ;) lol
Yeah, life is too short and too and we should live every second as if it was our last :)


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Hahaha, just ragging you a bit my friend 😉

All that I can say about this is that I live according to two motivations in my life.
Romans 11:33-36 and the "Golden Rule" Matthew 7:12

No intention to preach here, but just my own way of life.

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I know the Golden Rule of Thirds in photography 🤣

... I am sure your motivations are good ones, but I have still some work to do and later I will be too tired to look it up. Maybe I have time tomorrow 🙂


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Ah yes, the thirds rule is indeed well known, but it does nothing for kindness my friend.
I am sure that you will like my rules.

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... and the rule of thirds belongs to the rules which I don't follow many times to get a photo which looks better, at least in my eyes.

I will have a look at your rules later.


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I am also guilty of ignoring the rules when it comes to photos Hannes.
I don't like being put into a box and use my own initiative.
What works for one doesn't work for another.

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Well, Matthew 7:12 is something I am living and I always tell my kids these words, although I don't live a religious life. So I can't say much about the Romans.


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Hahaha, we never live what we preach my friend.
Romans is my favorite book and some say that it is a bible on its own.
I try to live a religious life, but I have many faults and therefore cannot expect others to do it.
Matt. 7:12 is certainly very sound advice.

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Well said, my friend 👍

When I was young I read the Bible, the old and the new testament, I can't remember a lot anymore though, but I enjoyed reading. And if I read pieces of it like I did before, the words come back into my mind.
The quite thick book is still at my parents house.


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Hahaha, I also read the bible as very young boy at Sunday school.
Then I didn't touch a bible again until I turned 40 years old.
Since then it has become my constant companion.

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Awesome designs on their wings! It's like natural art. And each species has its own interesting individual drawings.

Oh yes, they arec indeed intrically designed.
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Beautiful!
Butterflies are such simply stunning creatures and I wish I hadv'e had a camera when I lived up in the Daintree Rainforest with all of the gorgeous Ulysses Butterflies cause they were everywhere. https://australianbutterflies.com/the-ulysses-butterfly/

So beautiful to see a different Swallowtail my friend. We have about 7 species of Swallowtails here across the country and here in our garden there are plenty of Citrus ones.
You were fortunate to live in that forest and your mind took the pictures of them.

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Funny I have never heard them called Swallowtails before- only Ulysses...

This is my old friend Steve's Entomological museum in the Daintree. http://www.daintreemuseum.com.au/index.htm

And this is my old Friend Dean Jewell https://www.deanjewellphotography.com.au/daintree-flora-fauna

I know you'll enjoy looking through these websites!

Thank you kindly for the links and yes, they are named as Ulysses Swallotails.

I will have a look at the links a bit later.

https://australianbutterflies.com/the-ulysses-butterfly/#:~:text=%20%20%201%20Its%20common%20name%20is,they%20feed%20on.%20This%20provides%20excellent...%20More%20

Ohhhhh Ulysses Swallowtails...ohhhhh...

Oh well you know how we aussies love to shorten the name of everything over here, including us...🤣

Hahaha, yes, we do the same here in South Africa my friend and you guys are just across the pond from us.

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Ha ha yes so true!

Which is great, cause it'l be so much quicker to get there when the lockdown is finally over and we can travel again! 😃

Hahaha, I think that half the world is looking forward to traveling again.
Maybe the new vaccinations will change things and we will have to wait and see.

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