And this chappy - or chappess - is really quite clever.
Have a look at it? if you were a bird or other predator, then you would leave it alone....as this butterfly is known for the mimicry displayed by the numerous forms of its females which mimic inedible red-bodied swallowtails; such as the common rose, which we will blog about soon. So, it is quite harmless....and quite beautiful, like all swallowtails.
here black on black makes this a challenging shot. Look at how it is pollinating the hibiscus, shot in early October.
2. Its caterpillar also has a form of mimicry...bird poop! And it has these brilliant red snake like tongue protrusions that shoot out when it is disturbed.
Here caught in mid flight.
and full frame.