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Common Banded Peacock

Common Banded Peacock
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-25 8:12
Viewed: 2626
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was fortunate to come across this big butterfly during my recent trek to a high pass in the Himalayas. However, it was not easy to capture this restless butterfly with its wings constantly fluttering. I had to use my long lens to capture it from a distance. Though the image is not really upto the mark, I am happy with posting it for record.

The Common Banded Peacock (Papilio crino) is a species of swallowtail (Papilionidae) butterflies found in parts of South Asia, including India and Sri Lanka.


This species resembles Papilio palinurus, but the male generally has, on the upperside of the outer half of the forewing, cottony or hairy scent-streaks similar to those in Papilio polyctor, only the streak in interspace 1 is always missing. Other differences are seen in the upper wing. The forewing has the discal transverse bluish-green band slightly sinuous, narrower, more curved than in P. palinurus and more distinctly decreasing in width towards the costal margin; in the female it is more sinuous than in the male. The hindwing has the transverse bluish-green band very variable in width but the inner margin is much straighter than in P. polyctor; this band that in P. polyctor stops short of vein 7, continues to the costal margin, it is however much and abruptly narrowed above vein 7; tornal ocellus claret-red with a large black centre inwardly edged with blue; the bright ochraceous subapical lunule of P. polyctor replaced by a dull whitish spot; the subterminal diffuse green lunules restricted to interspaces 2,3 and 4; the spatular apex of the tail with a small patch of bluish-green scales.
On the underside of the wings the ground colour is dull pale brown to blackish brown irrorated with scattered yellowish scales, which, however, on the forewing are absent from a large triangular discal patch that lies between the dorsum, the median vein, vein 5 and a line of white lunules that crosses the wing in an outward curve from the upper third of the costa to just before the tornus; these white lunules are outwardly diffuse and merge gradually into the brown ground-colour. In the Hindwing, the tornal ocellus much as on the upperside; an obscure ill-defined highly arched postdiscal narrow whitish band from above the tornal ocellus to the costa, ends near apex of interspace 7 in a broad white lunule; beyond this a double subterminal row of somewhat straight ochreous-white lunules in the interspaces, each lunule of the inner row bordered outwardly with blue, this bordering very faint in many specimens. Cilia of both fore and hindwings brown alternated with white. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen dark brownish black; the head, thorax and abdomen above with a sprinkling of glittering green scales.
Expanse: 100–116 mm


Lower Bengal; Forested parts of Central and Southern India (including Kerala); Sri Lanka.


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Ciao Ram, great macro of fantastic butterfly, wing is a little OOF, may be better with more DOF, but colors are wonderful and I like a lot, bravo, ciao Silvio

Hello Ram,
nice capture of this wonderful butterfly with good light and beautiful colours. Nice blurred background.
Best wishes,

Hello Mr. Ram,
As you say, the image is not at the top, but looks good despite being made ​​with a large telephoto lens, also the 1 / 1400 provides some very nice sense of movement in the wings of this butterfly. The background was wonderful. Good work, thanks for sharing!
Regards, Jesús

Hi Ram,
Splendid dynamic photo of this butterfly. Amazing colours. Very good composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Ram, a great image for a large butterfly, an excellent shot with a really nice model. All the best, Paul

Hello Ram!
Very impressive shot.This butterfly is wonderful and your pic valued its beauty.Bravo! TFS
Nice w-end!

very beautiful butterfly Ram, excellent colors and nice composition,

congratulations !

have a good time,

ciao, tino

Ciao Ram. Great shot in efficent DOF and exciting metallic colours. The best time MF!


Hallo Ram,
it's great to see you still are here. I hope you are doing well.
Very fine picture with lovely natural colours.
DOF many is a bit shallow but the butterfly is very sharp where it counts and it stand out well from the blurry BG.
I like the composition and the POV too.
Well done, old friend.

Dear Ram,
well composed lively documentation of this impressingly large and colourful swallowtail captured in action when restlessly visiting blossoms. Slight motion blur of wings is perfectly well reporting the butterfly's characteristic movements. Thank you!
With best regards,

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