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Common Mormon Mating

Common Mormon Mating
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Copyright: Satish Hanumantha Rao (satish_h) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 115 W: 0 N: 1261] (7630)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D-200, NIKKOR 28-105MM
Exposure: f/8, 1/45 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Passion Unlimited [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-11 12:59
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Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Papilionidae

Subfamily: Papilioninae

Genus: Papilio

Species: P. polytes

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.
In India, this butterfly is considered as the classic example of Batesian Mimicry in which edible species resemble unpalatable butterflies in order to escape being eaten by predators.

The populations of the mimicking morphs of the Common Mormon are much smaller than that of their models - the Common or Crimson Rose. This is in order to allow first time predators a much greater chance of preying upon the unpalatable model in the first instance and thus learning of their inedibility.

Larger populations of mimics, could, result in the edible Common Mormon mimics being sampled the first time by predators. If this should happen, the predator may not realise that butterflies of that colour and pattern are protected by the poisons they ingest; thus dramatically reducing the effectiveness of this scheme of protection.

My self, Arjun and Murali went to Butterfly park on Saturday. We got jezebel on the outside prak and we had trek inside the forest for 3 hours. We returned back around 1pm and Arjun insisted to go to Butterfly enclosure again. Then we found this pair mating. First time am taking mating picture of this species. Hand held shot.

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Dear Satish, Great point of view, how did you get this view ! and a symetric composition ! Fantastic sir, With best regards.vab.

bonjour satich
merveilleuse photo,dans la pose des deux papillons mais aussi dans les couleurs.
le POV est bien choisit avec une profondeur ideale.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-11 15:21]

Hi Satish. Tish is a excellent shot. the detail and colours are spot on. very good sharp focus. with a nice POV and DOF. very well done .great note as well. TFS.


This is a superb picture , i remember the days when we used to rush to omkar hills to shoot these beautiful butterflies and never succeeded in getting a single shot ( i still dont have a good shot ;-)). Looking at this picture I'm trilled for you you got such an wonderful picture.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-11 16:27]

selam satish ; excellent shot of this butterflies, good details presented , very nice BG and POV, well captured with splendid colours TFS

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-11 20:27]

Nice POV and excellent detail for this mating pair. Outstanding exposure of the difficult black. Excellent notes.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-06-12 3:13]

A fantastic composition with this perfect symmetry.
Light, focus, and exposure are perfect, resulting in razor-sharp details and gorgeous colors.
TFS. : )

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-12 4:17]

Satish, Great POV and lovely position to take the shot. I am really envy on you since I have so far not even got one with such a scene. Will try. Ganesh

Hi Satish, Great shot.
Superb sharpness and details. Fine POV.
YOu know i get to see a lot of these mating pairs on our curry leaves tree. But was never been able to take a good shot as they are always seen on top. Happy to see that you have captured one.And for a handheld shot it is pretty good.


Great symmetry and composition.

Murali Santhanam

Great image, love the symetry.
Great sharpness and composition.
Good background


Hello Satish
Wonderful mating shot of these Common Mormons ,
Perfect details,lighting and composition,
Fantastic POV and DOF,Superb shot.


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