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Papilio troilus (Spicebush Swallowtail)

Papilio troilus (Spicebush Swallowtail)

Wompatuck SP

Collected in Wompatuck S.P. Hingham MA on 10/5/2008. Spicebush caterpillars turn gold in the fall as they ready to pupate. These two are from two seperate leaf shelters on the same Sassafras plant; I could not resist getting them both in the same frame.

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
1/200s f/20.0 at 100.0mm iso200 hide exif
Full EXIF Info
Date/Time05-Oct-2008 20:33:34
Flash UsedNo
Focal Length100 mm
Exposure Time1/200 sec
ISO Equivalent200
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White Balance
Metering Modeaverage (1)
JPEG Quality
Exposure Programprogram (1)
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CC 25-Sep-2017 03:47
Your work is stunning! Thank you so much for this website. You've helped me identify 2 caterpillars I had never seen before. The beauty of nature at its best.
larose forest photos27-Jul-2015 18:36
Unbelievable!! YOu are certainly a master of creating art with these gorgeous creatures. VV
Sam Jaffe04-Feb-2014 20:32
The reveal. the beginning. the knowing of secrets. the sharing of secrets
LuAnn Karb 07-Sep-2012 13:11
This is an incredible photo!!! I just found the gold one yesterday in a state park while walking my dogs and I was so impressed with it's vibrant colors. I took several pictures and actually will frame them since I think they are beautiful. I had never seen this before and this species has now caught my attention!!!
Flo Hendry18-Oct-2008 06:35
These guys look like they are not real with their great markings. Wonderful capture! v
Aida Villaronga14-Oct-2008 23:45
What an increadable shot. V
ŠLux08-Oct-2008 06:00
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