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Butterfly Wonderland, Part 4

Continuing the tour of Butterfly Wonderland, we encounter a White Peacock. Not as colorful of its namesake bird, it does have subtle coloration in orange, brown, off-white and even a hint of pale blue. It is native to the Southern United States plus Central and South America.

Despite my best efforts, I could not identify this species. Perhaps we could come up with our own name — how about an Orange-fringed Black Longwing?

Another unknown — shall we call it an Orange-spotted Sweptwing?

This is a Zebra Longwing. I was particularly interested to note the tiny red spots on the wings near the thorax. They seem too small to deter predators. Perhaps they are there to attract a mate. It lives in the Southern US, Central and South America plus the Caribbean.

This butterfly would appear to be some variety of Swallowtail but I could not find the species. Perhaps we can call it a Pink-Spotted Black Swallowtail.

This fellow has seen better days. Interesting that its wings give the appearance of having feathers. Since I could not find its real name, shall we call it a White Ghostfeather butterfly?

Another unknown — perhaps we could call it a White Striped Red Spot.

Here we find a Tailed Jay, native to Southeast Asia and Australia.

Sorry little fellow that you lost part of your wings. Again no identification but I shall call it a Fringed Black Spot Longwing.

This photo captures a Red Rim, found in the southern US, Central and South America.

This butterfly has the unusual name of Red Cracker. I cannot understand the "Red" since it has blue spots on a black background. The "Cracker" part is due to the unusual way that males produce a "cracking" sound as part of their territorial displays. They are found in Central and South America.

The final butterfly in our multi-week tour is the Blue Spotted Pansy. I shared a different photo earlier but this one was too magnificent to pass up. I hope you have enjoyed the tour of Butterfly Wonderland and that folks in the Phoenix area will be able to take their own butterfly safari.

Life is good.

B. David

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