Butterflies are beautiful …

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but I must admit I’ll never look at butterflies the same way as I did before this experience! An Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus) eating animal excrement, possibly raccoon droppings. This individual is a female, as indicated by “the bluish postmedian area on the ventral hind wing [with] one row of orange spots.” The photo was taken during a photowalk at Huntley Meadows Park.

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