Lunar Crafts - Iowa City (@lunarcrafts)

πŸ¦‹Butterfly of the Day!

Next up, we have a vividly colored Graphium Weiskei, also known as the Purple Spotted Swallowtail Butterfly from Papua New Guinea. The Graphium Weiskei is one of the most striking butterflies in the world! It is exclusive to New Guinea and flies between 4500-8000 ft. altitudes. It is rarely seen below 4000 ft. Spending most of its time high in the forest canopy it is seldom seen by humans. It has an incredible combination of deep colors such as purple, pink, green, blue, and white on velvet-black background. Though we are blessed to see this beauty in a few butterfly gardens here in the US, they cannot be released into our ecosystem, so to see one in the wild is rare. To be donated one from the gardens is a wonderful gift. I will place him on a double sided glass frame for your viewing pleasure today! See, how fabulous he looks in his purples and blues :) More specimens available on the #etsyshop @lunarcrafts
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Sterling (@riderunroam)

Shingleback... a species of blue-tongued skink. I found him crossing a parking area. I scooped him up and took him to a proper park, away from traffic.

Sterling (@riderunroam)

Go into the wild and sit amongst the trees. It is medicine.

John Goodridge (@jpgoodridgephotography)

That’s not a tail, that’s a tail :)

Shamay Singian (@chamei1988)

Wild Australia... met with old friend.. met a new Canadian friend.. and finally found my long lost best friend! #epicjourney #wildaustralia #maroubra #bluemountain #tarongazoo @jennyclairem @maynardspasov @giraffe.daily
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