Friday, 3 June 2011

Another swallowtail

Papilio polytes by joe with a camera
Papilio polytes, a photo by joe with a camera on Flickr.

This is a swallowtail butterfly feeding on a pomegranate tree, photo taken by Joe at Xuanwu Lake, near the institute. We went to have lunch by the lake a few days ago, saw this flying around and, after some chasing, got this photo. The butterfly's wingspan is roughly 10 centimetres, to give you an idea of size. The photo hasn’t been manipulated apart from being cropped; the background looks odd because the photo was taken against the sky using flash.

We're off back to the UK for six weeks of fieldwork this weekend. We're hoping to be able to keep the blog updated fairly regularly, although we won't have internet access for at least some of the time.

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