Black Swallowtail butterfly on "Horrible Thislte (that really is the name!)", Shark Valley, The Everglades National Park, Florida March 2013. I was riding a bicylce into a steady, 10-15mph headwind when I saw this butterfly. There had not been many that day. It was terrible, glaring mid day light and with the wind, even harder to get a good shot. And, it was a raggedy, less than perfect butterfly. But, I fought for it! We have these butterflies and this thistle in Maine. Here we call it Bull Thistle.
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