Spicebush Swallowtail

The Spicebush Swallowtail is one of my favorite butterflies.

I can’t decide it it’s their wing shape or color pattern that I appreciate more. 

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Blue Morpho

Despite its stunning blue appearance, the Blue Morpho is not colored blue.

The overlapping scales on its upper wings have tiny ridges that reflect blue light giving a brilliant blue effect. 

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Cattleheart

I think many butterflies have odd names.

The red patches on the hind wings of the Cattleheart Butterfly remind some people of a cow’s heart. Maybe that’s the origin of the name. 

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Name Your Poison

This is an Eastern Black Swallowtail.

It uses a variety of plants as hosts for its caterpillars, even poison hemlock.

Interestingly, hemlock is what the ancient Greeks used to execute prisoners.

Think about it.

A tiny caterpillar can munch on a poisonous plant like candy while we would drop down dead if we tried the same thing.

This gives a new meaning to the expression, “Name your poison.” 

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What Are You Designed to Eat?

The Julia Heliconian, unlike other butterflies, feeds on pollen.

Have you ever wondered what God designed you to eat?

We are each unique in many ways, including what our body digests properly.

I’m guessing He didn’t design your body to eat processed food whose ingredient list contains more chemicals than it does actual food.

I wish He had designed me to thrive on potato chips, but all indications are against that wish. 

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Superpower: Zebra Longwing

I’m fascinated with stories of how people or animals get superpowers.

The caterpillars of the Zebra Longwing eat the leaves of the passionflower vine which contain toxins.

From that, the adult butterflies become poisonous to predators.

It’s like an insect superpower! 

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Florida Malachite

Many people think the malachite is the most beautiful butterfly in Florida.

Its name comes from the large pale green patches on its wings.

That shade of green resembles the mineral, malachite.

Surrounding the green patches, the malachite is brownish orange on the underside of its wings and velvety brown on the upper side of its wings.

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