Monday, 31 March 2014

Papilio troilus

The Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) is a common black swallowtail butterfly found in North America, also known as the Green-Clouded butterfly. It has two subspecies, Papilio troilus troilus and Papilio troilus ilioneus, the latter found mainly in the Florida peninsula. The spicebush swallowtail derives its name from its most common host plant, the spicebush, members of the genus Lindera.

Papilio troilus - Photo source link
Papilio troilus - Photo source link
Papilio troilus - Photo source link
Papilio troilus - Photo source link
Papilio troilus - Photo source link
Papilio troilus - Photo source link

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Flower Mantis

Flower Mantises are species of praying mantis that mimic flowers. Their coloration is an example of aggressive mimicry, a form of camouflage in which a predator's colours and patterns lure prey. Most species of flower mantis are in the family Hymenopodidae. Their behaviour varies, but typically involves climbing a plant until they reach a suitable flower, and then staying still until a prey insect comes within range.

 Flower Mantis - Photo source link
 Flower Mantis - Photo source link
 Flower Mantis - Photo source link
 Flower Mantis - Photo source link
 Flower Mantis - Photo source link
Flower Mantis - Photo source link