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Papilio polytes

Papilio polytes
Información de la foto
Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4308 W: 231 N: 13981] (56329)
Género: Animals
Medio: Color
Tomada el: 2014-03-01
Categorías: Insects
Cámara: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposición: f/6.3, 1/1000 segundos
Versión de la foto: Versión original
Fecha enviada: 2014-03-01 2:58
Vista: 1177
Puntos: 20
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I was in luck today to be able to shoot this Common Mormon and that too when it is still cold in northern India. The afternoon sun was fairly warm and I was hoping to catch some insects in the house gardens. After a few unsuccessful attempts to shoot a Hummingbird Moth, I was about to call it a day when suddenly this rather big swallowtail butterfly landed on a marigold flower right under my nose. It is a restless creature and never stops fluttering its wings. Anyway, it stayed around for a minute or so and gave me the opportunity to shoot it. Out of some 8 or so shots, I decided to post this one because I was able to capture it with its wings open for a split second. Hope you like it.

The Common Mormon (Papilio polytes) is a common species of swallowtail butterfly widely distributed across Asia. This butterfly is known for the mimicry displayed by the numerous forms of its females which mimic inedible Red-bodied Swallowtails such as the Common Rose and the Crimson Rose.


Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, southern and western China (including Hainan (Guangdong province), Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan (Ryukyu Islands), Vietnam, Laos, Kampuchea, Andamans, Nicobars, Eastern and Peninsular Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia (except Moluccas and Irian Jaya), Philippines, and Northern Marianas (Saipan).


Jet black butterfly with row of white spots along the middle part of hindwing. 90–100 mm.


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Your Black beauty Common Mormon shot is indeed a very nice one.

Ciao Ram, great macro of fantastic bbutterfly on beautiful flower, wonderful colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ram!
Great shot of Common Mormon. Despite the white color being a little over-exposed, butterfly has great details and black is in perfect balance. Background as well as yellow flowers it is sitting on are very beautiful. Nice POV and a pleasant diagonal framing,
Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5099 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
  • [2014-03-01 6:42]

Hello Ram,
Wonderful photo of this butterfly in great sharpness, details. Not easy in these dark parts of the wings. Very beautiful colours and composition.

hallo Ram
super good sharpness picture with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Another great shot sir.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6154 W: 89 N: 15276] (63938)
  • [2014-03-01 16:05]

Waaw Ram! Very very lucky,but you caught in the best way this rare opportunity,the pic is absolutely perfect,what a POV and what a fine details everywhere,i like it!!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2739 W: 280 N: 4918] (19857)
  • [2014-03-01 19:19]
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Hello Ram,
It seems patience paid off nicely for you with the capture of this beautiful Common Mormon butterfly. Your 1/1000 shutter speed has frozen it's fluttering wings perfectly. Very attractive markings and well saturated colors.
I have noticed in other photos that some specimens have very little of the tiny golden colored flakes in their forewings while others like this one seem to be covered, is this an indication of the butterflies age? Great shot!!

Hello Ram,
This is a very sharp photo with amazing clarity, outstanding focus and fantastic details. I like this excellent capture of a nice colorful specie of butterfly. As usual a wonderful composition.

Hey! Sorry I missed this beautiful capture, Ram! CONGRATULATIONS friend. Great portrait of this polytes Papilio and very beautiful composition with this cheerful green background.

Hernán Bortondello

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