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The Common Lime

The Common Lime
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Copyright: mayuresh joshi (mayuresh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 178 W: 0 N: 191] (920)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400 D, Tamron 18-200 XR DI, 62 mm UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-16 3:33
Viewed: 3853
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Common Lime or the Lemon Butterfly (Papilio demoleus) is a common and widespread Swallowtail butterfly. It gets its name from its host plants which are usually citrus species such as the lime. It is also sometimes called the Chequered Swallowtail. Unlike most swallowtail butterflies it does not have a prominent tail.
Very Common. It is perhaps the most widely distributed swallowtail in the world.
Its range indicates the butterfly's tolerance and adaptation to diverse habitats. It is to be found in savannahs, fallow lands, gardens, evergreen and semi-evergreen forests and shows a preference for stream and riverbeds.
In India it is mostly found in the plains but can be found on the hills of peninsular India and up to 7000 feet in the Himalayas. It is common in urban gardens and may also be encountered in wooded country.
This butterfly is an avid mud-puddler and visitor of flowers. It basks with its wings held wide open on tufts of grass, herbs and generally keeps within a metre above the ground, even on cloudy days. It relies on its quick flight for escape.
It is an interesting butterfly in that it has a number of modes of flight. In the cool of the morning, the flight is slow considering that it is an edible and unprotected swallowtail. As the day progresses, it flies fast, straight and low. In the hotter part of the day, it may be found settling on damp patches where it will remain motionless, except for an occasional flutter of wings, if not disturbed.
It is also a frequent visitor of flowers in gardens, where it shows a preference for flowers of smaller herbs rather than larger plants such as the ubiquitous Lantana with its plentiful blooms. It can be found swarming in the groves of its foodplants.
While resting, the butterfly closes its wing over its back and draws the forewings between the hindwings.

source- wikipedia

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-16 3:51]

Hello Mayuresh,
A fine sharp capture of the Common Lime nicely caught in an open wing pose against a pleasing contrasting leafy BG. It looks like it has lost one of ita antennae.
Thanks for sharing this excellnt image,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-16 4:23]

Hi Mayuresh,
Beautiful capture of this butterfly.Colors,contrast and composition are excellent.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Mayuresh

Good composition and sharpness on this beautiful butterfly. Good exposure.


Hi Mayuresh,
A lovely capture of this beautiful lime butterfly with opened wings. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-16 6:09]

Hello Mayuresh,
Very fine capture of this beautiful butterfly with wide open wings. Great details and natural colours that stand out against the green leafy background.
TFS and regards, Ulla

This is a lovely shot, your POV being very nicely chosen.
The exposure is also very nice

Brilliant capture of the Common Lime, Mayuresh.
Those spots of red and blue on the rear of the wings are the most endearing features of this species and you have captured them very well.
The image is super sharp with the butterfly looking very beautiful against the green leaves.
Well done and keep shooting.

Hi Mayuresh,
Very nice picture. Lovely butterfly.
- Nirmal

Hello Mayuresh, perfect macro shot of this beutiful butterfly.
Thanks for sharing.
Regards, Bahadır

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-16 9:06]

Hi Mayuresh,

A nice shot of this Common Lime in an excellent open-winged position. Beautiful colors and good details of the pretty markings. Looks fantastic against the green leaves.


hello mayuresh,

common lime is a beautiful butterfly and you got opportunity to shoot it with open wings,

one antennae of this butterfly is missing here, liked the composition and the pov,
tfs & regards


Hi friend Mayuresh,

A perfect macro capture of this beautiful Lemon Butterfly in all aspects. Great DOF and POV! I loved its pattern of this species. Excellent! TFS.


Hello Mayuresh,
Great shot on this beautiful common Lime!
the image is so sharp with perfect colouration and superb details
well done

Hello Mayuresh,
A most enjoyable sight. The rich and vibrant colours and patterns of this Common Lime are stunning. Good focus and sharp details. Pity it has lost one of its antennas. It is actually difficult to describe the beauty of this butterfly. The arrangement of colours is breathtaking. Perfectly framed and pleasing to the eye. Congratulations. It was lovely to look at. Enjoy your day.
Kind regards

Ciao Mayuresh, elegant butterfly with fantastic colors, splendid details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-17 9:26]

Hello Mayuresh

Beautiful vivid colours.
The focus is sharp and well defined.
Lovely pov and dof.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-17 20:28]

Hi Mayuresh,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful Common Lime and you have portrayed a fine open-winged pose. Great colours and details on its wings with superb illumination. Among the green leaves it looks majestic. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-17 21:52]

Hello Mayuresh,
This is very beautiful and grace.
Excellent view. Ganesh

Hi Mayuresh,

A nice close-up image of the butterfly which is resting on the leaves. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the insect. There is a good contrast between the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-19 5:07]

Hi Mayuresh,
Yes, I have found quite a few of these Swallotails, but hasnt yet had a good photo-op.This one you have is incredibly beautiful with vivid and outstanding amount of details on those wings.Infact i did come across another post today by Aires..even in composition the two have a lot of similarity.The butterfly you present is quite sharp and the colours quite rich.It looks quite nicely contrasted with the green of the leaves on which it is resting.A very good PoV indeed.
TFS & cheers


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-19 10:02]

Hi Mayuresh.
You managed to capture a very nice butterfly. I like impressive wingspread of the butterfly, fine surrounding created by leaves, excellent DOF, details and sharpness of the image and great rich colours. My compliments and kind regards.

Looks alive.... like 3D.
Sharp, with a lot of details.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-06-23 23:14]

Hello Mayuresh,
Even if it is a common butterfly, it's a very attractive one. It reminds in colour and patterns our Machaon. Interesting note too. I didn't know that butterflies change their fly-modus during the day. Interesting posting
Have a nice day

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-07-08 9:27]

Hi Mayuresh,you're lucky to live there and to have a chance to see beauty of nature like that,i like a lot this butterfly,the quality of your pic is very very impressive,thanks a lot to show us this wonder!!Have a nice day,Luciano

Great Macro of this butterfly. G's.

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