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American Snout Butterfly   Leave a comment

American Snout-72American Snout Butterfly — Image by kenne

As seen in this image, American Snouts often perch on branches as if to imitate a dead leaf. This small, relatively dull colored butterfly got its named because of the pronounced elongation of its labial palpi into a prominent snout — the better with which to suck.

— kenne

 

Desert Orangetip Butterfly   Leave a comment

7 Falls April 2013Desert Orangetip Butterfly — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“Curiously, light-loving GREEN plants reject the Sun’s GREEN light,
reflecting it back at you, which is why they look GREEN.”

— Neil deGrasse Tyson

Making It To The Next Phase Of Life   3 comments

Two Tail Swallowtail IMG_0772 blogA student holds a Two-tailed Swallowtail just after coming out of its cocoon. 

Just outside the Sabino Canyon Visitors Center, A Junior Naturalist (7th grader) showed a Two-tailed Swallowtail with wings still curved, just having emerged from her cocoon. This image represents the last stage of a caterpillar morphing into a butterfly, which began with a very hungry caterpillar hatching from an egg. The caterpillar will spend this phase of its life stuffing itself with leaves, growing plumper and longer through a series of molts in which it sheds its skin. Then, one day the caterpillar stops eating, suspends itself upside down from a twig or leaf and spins itself a silky cocoon where the caterpillar digests itself, eventually emerging as a butterfly. Cool!!

— kenne

Two Tailed Swallowtail IMG_0774 blogImages by kenne

Seasons Come And Go   Leave a comment

Pipevine Swallotail-72.jpgMore Signs of Spring In Sabino Canyon (Pipevine Swallowtail) — Image by kenne

Truth never dies.  The ages come and go.

  The mountains wear away, the stars retire.

Destruction lays earth’s mighty cities low;

   And empires, states and dynasties expire;

But caught and handed onward by the wise,

  Truth never dies.

— author unknown

Open Up To See Your Real Colors, The Blues Inside   3 comments

SCVN Nature Walk 08-15-12, Marshall GulchEcho Azure Butteries — Image by kenne

Sometimes,
You have to open up
To see your true colors,
Then others will see
Your real beauty.
Only then will you
Know who you are.

— kenne

 

Swallowtail Silhouette — Photo-Artistry   1 comment

SCVN Nature Walk 08-15-12, Marshall GulchSwallowtail Silhouette — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Darkness out of light
A winged shadow on thistle
Flight into darkness.

— kenne

Giant Swallowtail   Leave a comment

Pipevine Butterfly & Pool Area LinksGiant Swallowtail — Photo-Artistry by kenne

This big butterfly
Found in several colors
Populates blossoms.

I share this image
To brighten your winter days
As gray clouds move in.

— kenne

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