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common mormon

common mormon
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Copyright: Amruta Malavade (amruta) (36)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-12
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4.7
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-12 10:15
Viewed: 2676
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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.
...the origins of giving common English names to organisms, particularly butterflies for tropical species started in India around the mid 19th century ... The naming of Mormons evolved slowly. I think the first to get such a name was the Common Mormon (Papilio polytes), because it had three different females, a fact that could only have been observed in the field, and this they did in India. The name obviously reflected the ... Mormon sect in America, which as we know, practiced polygamy.
The male has one morph only. It is a dark-coloured swallow-tailed butterfly. The upper forewing has a series of white spots decreasing in size towards the apex. The upper hindwing has a complete discal band of elongated white spots. It may or may not have marginal red crescents. The males are smaller in size than the females
The Common Mormon prefers lightly wooded country, but is present everywhere and high up into the hills. It is a regular visitor to gardens, being especially abundant in orchards of its foodplants - oranges and limes. It is most common in the monsoon and post-monsoon months.

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Hi Amruta,

Good work here but the sharpness is not the best.
Again tight cropping here. I like the butterfly in its best pose. Well done & TFS.

The common mormon looks blurred,good angle.
well done

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-07-27 9:04]

Hi Amruta.
You managed to catch this fine species ate a very attractive POV and wingspread. All details of the butterfly are sown perfectly. Composition of the shot is also perfect. However, framing (or cropping) is strong a little bit. My kind regards and best wishes.
P.S. I am very pleased with your decision to mark me as favorite TN-member. Thanks a lot. It is nice opportunity to meet your cute shots here too.

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