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Revenge tastes like Butterfly by spyed Revenge tastes like Butterfly by spyed
Nature has it's way of reminding you of the rules. This Pale Swallowtail butterfly was perhaps the first I'd seen up close since last spring/summer and so it gave off that excitement of something brilliantly interesting? It sat on the fig tree just five feet from my office/guest house.

For months now we've had a blue bird I call "bluebird" flying around scaring all the other birds away from the feeder. Last year bluebird, and I'm convinced it's the same bird, lost his entire family sitting in a nest on this very same fig tree. To a cat that gobbled them up and then jumped the fence if you must know. It was tragic! All I found was a single feather belonging to the mother.

Just seconds after I walked away from snapping this photo, bluebird nipped this butterfly right off the tree in a swoosh. The tail that spruces up at the bottom is the only remain I found... on the grass.. below the tree. Right around where the feather would have been.

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:iconmischievouspooka:
MischievousPooka Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2007
Beautiful shot!
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:iconcatgoyle:
Catgoyle Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007
Beautiful photo and interesting story. Poor bluebird... and butterfly too. The circle of life isn't a gentle thing.
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:iconlittle-reisuke:
little-reisuke Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2007
i would like to be a butterfly because nobody suspects the butterfly!
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:iconspyed:
spyed Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
the bird suspects the butterfly.

the butterfly was mangled!! hehe
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:iconlittle-reisuke:
little-reisuke Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2007
save the butterfly...kill the bird!
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:iconoldworldunderground:
oldworldunderground Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2006
Poor birdies D=, And georgious picture!.
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:iconredscorpio4:
redscorpio4 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2006
beautiful shot, and very tragic..might want to either get rid of that tree or stay away lol
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SkippyJr Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2006   Filmographer
Very nice capture of nature,
Good shot.
:)
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:icongalilea:
Galilea Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2005  Student Digital Artist
Such a sweet butterfly ;)
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:iconbethuel09:
Bethuel09 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2005
beautiful butterfly....
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TopazWolf Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
wow I just stumbled through butr am so glad I did! I love this shot! horrible story behind it.. but what an amazing picture! Truely beautiful! you were so lucky to get such an image and so close to such a small treasure.
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flobberworm Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2005
This is a really good photo 'cause you must have been really, really, really, close and quiet its a bit freaky deaky thoabout the birds and the butterfly! Anyway WELL DONE!!!!!!

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Diamondshade Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
That story is creepy and weird and it made me feel strange and a little sad inside. Great shot; glad you got to capture this one before it was gone forever.
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Gymnart Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, poor Bluebird to have lost his family. :tears:
I guess Bluebird got real hungry for some butterfly meat. How ironic though that the little bit of remains landed right near where the mama blue bird's feather landed.
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:icondeviot:
deviot Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2005
that's story is worhty of the discovery channel! :)
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NoyezVous Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005
Something like this happened to me! Creepy.
We have a blue swallow (we believe it may be an endangered species) living in our mailbox because he was kicked out of our birdhouse by a larger bird. The little blue bird has a mate, but we haven't seen her in a week, so we may fear she was eaten.
Anyways, we get the rare occurance of dragonflies around our home, who enjoy perching on my hands and shoulders. I had just found a beautiful bright black one, and it took it off and put it on a board before going in. 5 minutes later, it starts to fly away, and FWOOSH - the bird eats it.

All thats left: A tiny dragonfly wing. It's amazing how fragile they are, and how careful you have to be. But it's beautiful. <3
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LinaraQ Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005  Hobbyist
Nice shot -- I can never get butterflies to sit still for me! :butterflytwo:
The title is very fitting once you read the story.
Definitely a story of the circle of life ... cue Lion King song ... ♪♫♪♫
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:iconmagbag:
magbag Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2005
Beautiful, poor butterfly - didn't have luck.
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:iconageofloss:
ageofloss Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2005   Photographer
Real circle of life. The picture itself is a bit shaken, but that swallowtail looks colourful and fragile. :)
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Yo-Re-Ha Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2005
Cool butter fly!!!Nice shot
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:iconst-joseph:
St-Joseph Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2005
Bluebirds can be very VERY mean. One of my cats, Toby, was constantly attacked by a bluebird. Poor Toby, we eventually had to make him a housecat. I miss him so much.

Anyway, this is a very good photo. Especially since it was taken seconds before the butterfly's death.
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autumnsmuse Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2005  Professional General Artist
I didn't get the title at first but I'm glad I read the description. :giggle: I managed to get a photo of a butterfly a couple days ago. I felt like such a turd trying to get it, I think I ran after the butterfly for like 20 minutes. :roll: :lmao: You're lucky that one sat still for you. :D
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death-by-spoon Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2005
i love swallowtails
i used to have one as a kid
it died though...

hmm well beautiful shot great job
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crazylynx Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2005
aww, interesting story with this one. that's the circle of life, but it'sinteresting to hear stories like that about animals..
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SpottedPegasus Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2005
Nice shot. i am always fasinated with insects and aracnids.
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:iconmoonbeam13:
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
My recommendation would be to avoid that tree...
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:iconkawaiisd:
KawaiiSD Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2005
Pretty butterfly. Nice snap shot.
I haven't seen any butterfly in this summer yet...hmm were they are.
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fried-Free Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
this is very inspireing! you have skill with the camera dude the picture rocks
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:iconmelodymaker:
melodymaker Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005   Filmographer
uhmmmm!

you copped my story. where is my credit?
and nipped is not quite right~ IT WAS BLOODY VIOLENT!
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:iconqchiapetp:
qchiapetp Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
it's the life cycle.
bird eats butterfly.
cat eats bird.
spyed takes pictures.
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Riplakish Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005
I love nature macrophotgraphy and enjoyed the picture, but the "story"/description was so cool to read! Thanks for taking the time to thoughtfully "paint the picture" - it was a very good read D
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:iconzeronomon:
zeronomon Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005
Am I going schitzo or did that butterfly just move? :O_o:
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koshibunni Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. I've never seen a butterfly like this....what I think are butterflies are actually moths I've been told ^^; and the story was quite ironic.....yet......it made me laugh....and feel sad at the same time....I'm such an oddball anywho :thumbsup:
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Simply-Being Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005
I can imagine Bluebird, waiting for the exact moment, while thinking calmly,

"All your base are belong to us." :devilish:

Interesting story. The photo is bittersweet to me. A reminder of a childhood spent amongst Fig and Apricot and avocado, (etc.) Trees in The Valley.It was California the way it USED to be, quite natural..

I never knew how much I'd miss it.
:sadangel:
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Simply-Being Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005
I can Bluebird, waiting for the exact moment, while thinking calmly,

"All your base are belong to us." :devilish:

Interesting story. The photo is bittersweet to me. A reminder of a childhood spent amongst Fig and Apricot and avocado, (etc.) Trees in The Valley.It was California the way it USED to be, quite natural..

I never knew how much I'd miss it.
:sadangel:
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hypermind Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Hehe, thats one interesting tale. Sounds too odd and out of place to be real.

Nice!

:)
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ducttapefanatic Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005
What a tragic tale of the bird.
Butterflies are my favorite.
Did you know they taste with their feet?
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ShunFukushu Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005
This is truly amazing, the elegance of the butterfly. Ah, if only you had gotten the bird swiping it up on tape. But then I suppose you would have to take video of the cat killing the family. And I of all people should know how gruesome that could be.

To me, this reminds me of the cycle of a pheonix. o_o I myself have no clue why, but it does seem rather ironic that mother nature plants these sort of scenes before us. Perhaps these actually happen daily, but no one notices because they're too busy with their fickle lives and they never saw the first few pieces of the puzzle.

Nature is a puzzle, is it not? A cat eating the family of bluebirds in a tree where a butterfly met the same fate to the very same surviving bird. How exsquisite a plot, and it was never even though of, and you are a very lucky man to have seen such a plot unfold with your very own eyes.

It really does make me think, and for this delicious morsel of thought for the answer to life, I must favourite this. Thank you for the great thoughts, even if you never intended them, Spyed.
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Arwen-udomiel Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005
beautifull ^^.
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SiathLinux Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmm Bluebird would probably find a pellet or two...
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:iconzebravissimo:
zebravissimo Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005  Professional
Wow... amazing story, that
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J---Tingle Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005
it is a matter of time will you find the capsid( is that how you spell it) head on the ground.
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Kagome81 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
how tragic it is indeed.......that is a beautiful picture......well taken i might add......


Cat eats bluebirds family.......bluebird takes revenge out on a defenseless butterfly........oh....what a cruel world this is........oh the humanity...!!!!
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darkstarsara Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005
amazing....this is truely beautiful :hug: :hug: :glomp: :hug: :hug:
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shaymacmorran Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005  Professional General Artist
Great story...
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William--Kain Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005
I'd say shoot the bluebird! The birds that it would otherwise scare away would add much activity to the garden. Stupid bluejays are very teritorial, scare the focker off at the least.
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Simply-Being Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005
I disagree. Bluebirds are a natural part of California's ecosystem, as are butterflys. Cats, on the otherhand are not. They are killing machines, and decimate a neighborhood where they live. Killing birds, and butterflys, and every form of creepy crawley thing which would otherwise flourish. Those bugs are the base of a foodchain which when naturally balanced, allow such majestic animals as owls and Hawks to live.
Kill the cat, or keep it indoors. They're damned cute, but they're LANDSHARKS.
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ThatGuyOnTheStreet Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005
The beginnings of a war! Between birds and insects!
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Blattaphile Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005
that story makes the pic all the more interesting :D
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Naiave-ShadowMoon Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005
their motto: kill and lets eat!
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