Beautiful Even in Death

A Tiger Swallowtail wing in Buck Hollow. For some reason, the sight of a dead butterfly always saddens me in a way I can't quite explain. Perhaps it is the vibrant color and energy so utterly replaced by the stillness and quiet of death.

Shenandoah National Park, VA-- August 2008


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lcarreau - Nov 26, 2009 11:09 am - Voted 10/10

Studies suggest

that winged adults of many (free-ranging
Lepidoptera) live only a week or two,
and that males tend to live a few days less
than females.

Sorry 'bout your loss, Bob. They'll be back
again next summer !!!

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