Day 175. Swallowtail

In february 2013 on February 4, 2013 at 12:44 pm


A very busy, stimulating weekend at the ScienceOnlineAdelaide WatchParty has left me so filled with thoughts that yesterday I simply could not condense a single blog post to wrap it all up.

Instead, I retired to my garden to play backyard cricket and take a few photographs.

The image shown above is of a swallowtail butterfly, captured as it flitted from leaf to leaf on a citrus tree in a large pot in my BBQ area. It was probably seeking to lay eggs.

As reported by, swallowtails are endemic in Australia, and current species evolved from ancestors which migrated from Gondwanaland/Antarctica about 40 million years ago.

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