The iridescent green bands on the wings of the framed Emerald Swallowtail are not produced by pigment, but by the wings’ scales which refract light, reflecting back hues of blue and yellow which combine to produce the shimmering green color. Interestingly, the “tails” at the end of the swallowtail’s (Papilio palinurus) wings are a result of evolution, seen by birds as a butterfly neck, which is where they aim when attacking butterflies. This survival feature leaves predators flying away with a small piece of wing rather than the entire butterfly.
Framed EMERALD SWALLLOWTAIL Details:
• 99% UV blocking conservation glass and acid & lignin free mounting papers.
• Gallery quality wood shadowbox frame with hanger
• Antique style museum label with natural history story about the specimen.
• Gift box
• Handmade in Sonoma County California
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