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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99's favorite shots, Butterfly Encyclopedia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-12 22:39
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Favorites: 9 [view]
Points: 140
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After a long time I come back to my greatest love - butterflies. Today I present this beautiful Spot Swaordtail, a huge species, of which I had a chance sighting. Earlier I have posted an open-wings posture and here is the portrayal of the much colourful under-wings. Shot taken hand-held in early morning sunlight. Hope everyone like this one too.

Spot Swordtail, Graphium nomius, is a beautiful butterfly found in India that belongs to the Swallowtail family. One of the grandest sights is a host of Spot Swordtails mud-puddling or swarming around a flowering forest tree.

The Spot Swordtail gets it's name from the beautiful line of distinct white spots along the margin of its wings.

Generally found in deciduous forest areas, among bushes with lesser secondary growth. Locally abundant below 3000 feet and less common above this level. Generally stays close to hiily and forested country. It is shy and wary. Flies close to the ground . Has a dodgy and fast flight, especially when disturbed. Often visits flowers. Spot Swordtails may be seen to cluster around flowering trees. They are fond of Gmelina arborea, a deciduous tree from dry areas. Large numbers can be seen settling on damp roads and wet patches, especially in hot summers. Basks close to the ground, with wings partially open or completely spread.

Individuals are active from February to June. They are most abundant in March-April. It has been recorded in Western India from July onwards for a few months. In the Nilgiris it has been recorded from February to October.

It is found in Southern and Eastern India (including Sikkim and Assam), Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Kampuchea. It is fairly common, tends to be local and not known to be threatened.

Scientific classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Subfamily: Papilioninae
Genus: Graphium
Subgenus: Pathysa
Species: P. nomius

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2008-06-12 22:46]

Hi Sumon,
Bardzo ładny motyl. Kolory kompozycja i obramowanie zdjęcia bez zarzutu.
Wszystko komponuje idealnie.


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-06-12 22:47]

Hi Sumon!

You present us a marvellous picture. I'm impressed by the wonderful composition that shows us a crystal clear butterfly. It's amazing to observe that the shpapes and colour tones of the leaves are repeated in the butterfly. Even the background is held in the same colour tones. It's a delicate work of art!

Kind regards



very nice and sharp butterfly with some amazing colors...
wish you could tone down the highlights on the leaves.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-06-12 23:21]

hai sumon,
very good effort to get all details on this beautiful swordtail. a bit tight composition and you could have tried vertical frame. otherwise good lighting and contrast. good work.

Hello Mana. this is really good. The leaves complemented well with the beautiful butterfly. Excellent sharp focus with clear markings on the wings. Well done and best regards. Jusni

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-12 23:39]

Hi Sumon,
It's crisp sharp, very well focused, exposed and composed. Well done and TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Sumon,
excellent sharp shot with great color and background.

Hello Sumon,

What a beautiful post to catch my eyes first thing this morning!
The exposure is perfect, the details are quite amazing and, for me, it is very well composed.
The colours of the buterfly and its leaves are nicely colour co-ordinated.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Sumon,
excellent capture! You picked the cool hour of early morning as a perfect chance to see this extremely restless and rapid flyer at rest. Very clear details, brilliant colours, very elegant composition. Excellent job to make use of the pleasantly warm hues and the flat angle of early morning light to show the finest shapes in an overwhelmingly three-dimensional way. Thank you!
With best regards,

Hi Sumon,
This picture has extraordinary sharpness and crispness in colours. Superb composition and lighting.
Thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-13 1:01]

Hello Sumon,
Even the underside of the wings is beautiful, especially in this fine capture of G. nomius. The composition with the new leaves and their colours adds to the beauty of this image. Superlative sharp capture, Sumon and I thank you for delighting us with it!
All the best, Ivan

Hola Sumon, fantastica captura, la mariposa es muy bonita, y la fotografia tecnicamente muy buena, destacaria la luz y las texturas de esta toma bien compuesta, con buen color y muy buena definición. Un saludo

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-13 1:53]

Super colours and super content in this beautiful composition Sumon.The rich details on the wings are just wonderful.The shot is tack sharp and with good clarity and fous.The morning light absolutely producing a rich warm tone.Those wings look crisp as if a starched cotton saree in nice earthy tones. The leaves on which it has perched must have helped it in doing a bit of camouflage ..very well done.
TFS & Cheers

Un'altra meravigliosa immagine, eccellenti POV e composizione che sembra frutto di un grande Maestro di scena, straordinarie nitidezza e definizione dei dettagli, fantastici i colori e la luce. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hello Sumon,

Excellent composition. Technically perfect. Great light and wonderful colours.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-13 2:22]

Hello Sumon,
This is superb shot. I dont know how you get these colorful ones. In delhi you dont get to see such colorful one. Ganesh

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-06-13 2:56]

Hi Sumon,

A superb capture of this beatifull colored butterfly,well presented,tfs and have a nice weekend


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-13 4:32]

Hello Sumon,
Wow, this is a fabulous butterfly that you've caught here. Brilliant DOF, excellent sharpness showing the wonderful pattern and colours of the wings. I like the matching colour on the leaves too and the soft background. A lovely composition!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-13 5:20]

Hello Sumon,
Teh repeating colours, the sharpness, details, composition, DOF, .......everything in this photo is really perfect!

Hi Sumon!
Perfect shot You've made, fantastic colours, beautifull composition, sharp details and what a great looking butterfly. Well done!!

You are kind of like the official Ansel Adams of the smaller and more colourful world..If I used anyone's photos as an example of the "right way" they would be images such as this..surely you must pass this talent on to your younger ones..

Hello Sumon,
This is a very beautiful Butterfly, great colors and
sharp details.. Very well framed and composed.. Well done


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-06-13 9:12]

Hello Sumon,
What a picture! Fantasic shot, full of light and beauty. I just admire..

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-13 9:21]

Hi Sumon,

And a beautiful butterfly it is! What magic did you work to place it on the matching leaves? The position of the Swordtail is excellent showing off the beautiful and finely detailed wing markings and the face. There is a wonderful clarity to this shot and the composition is fantastic.


Hello Sumonda,
what a marvellous shot with lovely colours,excellent sharpness with great composition,perfect lighting.
very well done.

These indian butterflies are really marvolous. You are so lucky...

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-13 11:19]

What a stunning butterfly!!!
Very good capture.
Beautiful colours and great light.
Very sharp and crisp.
Excellent DOF.

Well done, Sumon!


Hello Sumon,
The best image for the best frame!
this is truly a awesome shot to me and many thanks for the sharing with us
my compliment always
friend Tony

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-13 13:13]

Hi Sumon

Quite simply - superb - excellent detail, isolation, POV ....


Lovely shot, Dada...The colours are very beautiful....Where are you these days?

Yo, que hago muchas fotografías de naturaleza no acabo de entender como eres capaz de encontrar siempre bellos escenarios y lo más importante: que bien captas siempre el motivo princpal. Eres genial :-)
Abrazo Sumon.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-06-14 3:16]

hi Sumon,
fantastic macro shot, colors and light are perfect. Very nice pov and dof.


Hi Sumon, superb butterfly with fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-14 9:03]

Hello Sumon, perfect macro shot in all aspects. TFS. Greetings,

Hi Sumon,

Excellent macro capture of this butterfly with superb details, nice DOF and POV. TFS. Cheers,


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-14 12:07]

Hi Sumon,
Perfect close up.Harmonioıs colors,exposure,lighting and composition are wonderful.I liked also sharpness and details a lot.
Thanks for posting.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-06-14 14:09]

Hi Sumon

Stunning shot of the Swordtail.
Its a very nice composition with a great POV and a lovely pose.
Pin sharp details and a superb DOF.
Lovely warm colours tones too.


Wow Sumon,
Technically outstanding and automatically very beautiful as well 'cause your model is top...
Great work!

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-06-14 19:34]

The colors are absolutely beautiful in this photo from those on butterfly to the leaves, the background and perfect choice of frame colors. Nice composition, excellent light, and outstanding details.

Hi Mana,
A wonderful side profile shot of this stunning looking butterfly. It amazes me that the color in the B'fly seem to return exactly in the young leaves of the tree. The light, details and DOF are superb and make the butterfly even more beautiful.

Hi Sumon Da,
A lovely capture of this beautiful spot sword tail. Superb details and a lovely composition with a nice looking side POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Bonjour Sumon
Magnifique capture, excellentes couleurs et détails, très beau sujet. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-06-15 21:10]

Hi Sumon , wow this is a great photograph of a beautiful insect , wonderful job.TFS

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-06-15 22:41]

Belles ailes qui ressort bien avec cet arrièere-plan.
Bonne journée.

Hello Sumon,

This is a very attractive colour palette, and the details in the fine macro is amazing!
A very delicate image, DoF spot on isolates the subject so well from the background...
A skillful composition, all very well done!

Pablo -

Hi Sumon,
Beautiful light & colors, the wing textures/detail are excellent.
Very good comp, POV, and the b-fly stands out well in the frame.
The DOF you get with your compact at these wide apertures never ceases to amaze me :)
Well done & TFS!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-06-16 7:38]

WOW!!! What a fantastic and marvellous shot, Sumon!!! How beautiful this Spot Swordtail and how perfectly you captured it!! Details are perfectly sharp and I love the lighting, colors, dof, composition and presentation.
Thank you very much for sharing.

Hello Sumon, i think a lot of your work is outstanding, and this is really high quality work. The details are just amazing, the colours are beautiful, dof is perfect. I really can't fault this photo. It's excellent. sorry p.t. rgds, Necip

Great shot. excellent composition and details. Also sharply focussed. the bg may be a little dull, but the rest looks great!

Though I seem to be repeating myself, you live in a truly nature rich region, Sumon.
Coupled with this fact is your superb talent as a nature photographer which results into masterpiece pictures like this one.
Whereas the butterfly is captured in its most glorious aspect, the leaves on which it is perched are equally fascinating and complement the subject wonderflly well.
Thanks and best regards.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-17 8:15]

Hello Sumon

Absolutely wonderful.
The focus and sharpness is lovely.
Excellent lighting and vivid colours.
The pov and dof are excellent.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-18 7:26]

Hi, dear Sumon.
What can I say? It is fantastic. It is true masterpiece. It is great achievement for photographer. My heartfelt congratulations. All in the shot is outstanding: subject, POV and framing, lovely splendid colours, ultimate details and sharpness, fine BG. BRAVO many times.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-06-18 17:53]

OlA Sumon
Outra magnifica foto de borboleta, a posição capturada desta ficou muito bonita, e as suas cores são muito bela. A nitidez esta perfeita e a luminosidade tambem.

hi sumon!
very nice!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-06-19 16:49]

Hi Sumon,no comment,just to say you that 2 points are not enough!!!My best compliments fot this fantastic shot,Luciano

Ciao Sumon!
Congratulation for this master work!
I love this composition very much!
Perfect butterfly's details

Hi Sumon,
This is again beautiful, my Friend. The POV You chose is simply perfect - such as colors, sharpness, DOF. Wonderful lights + exposure, and the great OOF background is a big plus, too. The only thing I don't fully like is the frame, but this is a matter of personal taste. A fantastic image overall, congrats and tfs.
Regards from Hungary, László

this shot is so clear and sharp I am waiting for the wings to flutter. excellent job! TFS!

Yes, I loved it.... all... the notes, the leaves, the framing and PRICIPALLY the subject.
Mario from Calgary.

Hello Sumon.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.
Very goos details.

Jose Luis.

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  • yasin Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 1 N: 43] (129)
  • [2008-06-26 1:20]

Looking at this picture, I feel a very long journey of learning photography ahead. :(
Superb sharpness showing fine details.
Beautiful colors, Summon. TFS!
Best regards

Hola Sumon.
Fantástica imagen, magnífico PoV, buenos detalles y excelente DoF.
Interesante comentario.
Saludos, Jl.

Hi Sumon.
Splendid butterfly, splendid colours, excellent sharpness and composition. Applause.
I greet Robert.

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  • san Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 23] (166)
  • [2008-07-01 10:12]

Kudos Sumon Sir,
The camouflage highlighted in the picture is simply amazing!!!
Three cheers!

Bonsoir Sumon
De mieux en mieux, c'est incroyable! Bravo !

Hola Sumon,
Espectacular la belleza de esta foto, magnífica la nitidez con excelente DOF preciosa luz con un fondo de lujo. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2008-08-29 5:36]

Hi Sumon,
Beautiful shot love the details & the contrasty light. The new leaves add a lot to the image. Only the frame does not work for me.

just wonderful , perfect close up

great-sharp pic, no need for the heavy frame though, TFS Ori

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  • Tadeo Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 15] (229)
  • [2010-08-03 10:17]

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