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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
Lepidoptera wings

Nature's abstract patterns never cease to amaze me! I found this dainty swallowtail in the backyard and it seemed to have been high on nectare as it barely moved so I managed to take it inside and take a series of shots. After the shoot I released it back into nature. Papilio anactus, the dainty swallowtail, dingy swallowtail or small citrus butterfly is a medium-sized butterfly from the family Papilionidae, that is endemic to Australia. For protection against predators, this non-poisonous butterfly mimics the poisonous male Cressida cressida.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 03.2018
Date Uploaded: 04.2018
Photo Location: Melbourne, Australia
Camera: Canon EOS 80D
Copyright: © Peter Virag