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Graphium agamemnon

Graphium agamemnon
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix E5600
Exposure: f/3.4, 1/23 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lime Greens [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-29 1:07
Viewed: 4117
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The day I found it in opened wing position I was very happy that atlast I found the fast and agile butterfly with openwing pose. But later that day I found a group of ants were carrying it as their food. Then I came to know that this fella was waiting for death. Then I felt very sad. I was deciding not to post but again I posted to explain the fact.

The Tailed Jay (Graphium agamemnon) is a predominantly green and black tropical butterfly that belongs to the swallowtail family. The butterfly is also called Green Spotted Triangle, Tailed Green Jay or the Green Triangle. It is a common, non-threatened species native to India, Sri Lanka through Southeast Asia and into Australia. Several geographic races are recognized.

Male upperside black. Forewing with the following green markings:—a spot at the extreme base of the costal margin, a transverse short bar near base of cell and seven spots beyond, two and two except the apical spot which is single ; two spots beyond apex of cell; a spot at base of interspaces 1a and 1, followed by two oblique short macular bands; a discal series of spots decreasing in size towards the costa, and a postdiscal series of smaller spots that begins with two in interspace 1; the spots in interspace 7 in both series are out of line, placed outwards. Hind wing: three series of similarly-coloured markings that ran transversely across the wing more or less parallel to the dorsal margin, the upper markings (those in interspace 7) white; a short greenish stripe at the extreme base of the wing.

Underside: fuliginous brown or brownish-black, more or less suffused with pink along the costal margin, on apical area and along the outer margin of the discal markings on the fore wing, broadly along the dorsal and terminal margins and at base on interspaces 6 and 7 on the hind wing; markings similar to those on the upperside but less clearly defined and somewhat more grey in tint. Hind wing black, inwardly red-margined spots superposed on the pink area in interspaces 6 and 7. cilia very narrow, pale pink. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen black, thorax above and the abdomen on the sides streaked with greenish grey; beneath: ochreous grey touched on the thorax with pink.

Female similar, but with a streak of greenish white along the dorsal margin on both upper and under sides.

Race decoratus is found in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and is very similar to the typical form, from which it can be distinguished as follows : Upperside green spots smaller, especially the discal series on the fore wing. Underside hind wing : the red postcostal spot is relatively small but the red part has much increased against the black part; besides the large red anal mark and the mark before the first disco-cellular veinlet, there is a large red spot in the lower median cellule [interspace 2], a smaller red spot in each of the three preceding cellules [interspaces 3, 4, 5] and a streak-like spot at the base of the lower median cellule.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Suborder: Macrolepidoptera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Papilionidae
Subfamily: Papilioninae
Genus: Graphium
Species: agamemnon

Source: Wikipedia

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Hi Haraprasan
Green on green. Beautiful butterfly and very god photo. Great sharpness, nice fieldguide POV, perfect exposure

Namaste my dear friend Haraprasan,
An impressive camro capture of this beutifully coloured and paterned butterfly from dorsal POV. Very vell composed and focused shot. TFS.
Have a nice Sunday MF!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-29 1:19]

Hello Haraprasan,
Great that we are neighbours!
A very fine open-wing capture of Graphium agamemnon, even if it is dying owing being taken by ants. Normally most of the members of this butterly family are very hard to photograph displaying the open wings, as they are so active and flutter their wings when settled.
So this is an opportunity well taken with fine sharpness in this frame-filling composition.
Thanks for sharing and best regards,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-03-29 1:22]

Hello Haraprasan
Wonderful capture with good details and perfect focus.

Hi Haraprasan.
Beautiful catch and well framed... I liked the colours and pattern.. Thanks to share...
Kind regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-29 1:44]

Hello Haraprasan,
Fantastic photo of this beauty with open wings. The green in the wings and in the BG are amazingly matching. Excellent sharpness and details. Great POV.

Hello Haraprasan
a wonderful view of Graphium agamemnon taken with a superb sharpness and splendid pose of the butterfly open wings in a beautiful natural surroundings, i like the vivid colours
Best regards

Hello Haraprasan!
Very nice capture of this Papilionidae butterfly. I like that it has green colour on the wings. It is not too often among butterflies :)
Note as always is very intereting and informative :)
Greetings from Lodz,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2009-03-29 2:41]

He is colour-co-ordinated with the green leaves - what an attractive butter fly.
Nicely captured Haraprasan - good focus and details too

Hi Haraprasan,
Simply stunning butterfly! Excellent details and sharpness, the colors are amazing.
Very well done and TFS

Thanks much for posting this beauty HP! It has been a long time since I have added to my lime green theme..and what wonderful well caught patterns against a slightly larger swaft of patterns in flora...very nice work!

Ciao Haraprasan, great capture of elegant butterfly, fantastic colors, wonderful details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-03-29 7:54]

one of the beauties that i always loved, beautiful capture. tfs.

Hello, Haraprasan!

Nice shot of this beautiful butterfly!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-29 9:47]

Hi Haraprasan . This is a beauty which you have taken with a fine top POV so we can see all of the wing markings. Sharp focusing and rich colours. well done TFS. interesting notes too.

hello Haraprasan
super colours
great composition with good details of the butterfly
good background sit on the leave's
greeting lou

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-03-29 11:39]

Hello Haraprasan,
Superb macro shot of this pretty butterfly with nice details and composition.
TFS and G's,

This is such a hyper specie! I like the photo here, nice details of the upper-side of Tailed Jay. I have observed on-field that G. agamemnon rests in the evening hours with folded wings on branches, but never below waist-level. They bask with open wings during morning hours and they usually come down to the bushes (sitting with open wings mostly) when their time is at an end. I'm not sure if this is recorded in literature, but thats what I have observed with this one. Also, this specimen looks like it died of old age and then became a part of the foodchain thanks to the ants.
This gem of the city is one of my favourites! tfs :)

Hello Haraprasan, a very very beautiful image of this wonderful butterfly. Great close-up!
TFS and regards,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-03-29 13:44]

Hi Haraprasan,

A beautiful memorial for this lovely butterfly - I am glad you posted it. Still magnificent although close to death and you have captured it perfectly in the open winged position. Colors and details are superb. It looks magnificent against the green leaves.


Hello Haraprasan, an amazing close-up shot of this beautiful butterfly. Great details and nice composition.
TFS and regards, Deniz

Hello Haraprasan
Very beautiful shot of this poor butterfly, your story made me sad
I like the colors and the shapes of this tailed jay
Great composition
TFS Jacqueline

Namastay Hara,
Beautiful capture of this spectacular Tailed Jay.
Perfect exposure & sharpness.
Cheers & TFS

hello Haraprasan

beautiful photo of this insect/butterfly, shot with fine POV & DOF,
excellent sharpness and details, i love to see all that green
vegetations with the butterfly, TFS


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-03-29 19:46]

Hola haraprasan.
What a beautiful colors on wings that this butterfly has. You did an excellent work here.
Great note too.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-30 10:02]

HP This is fantastic. Superb shot. Great work. Ganesh what a colorful shot.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-03-30 18:12]

Hello Haraprasan,
You have captured this magnificent butterfly superbly. The detail you obtained is wonderful, thank you.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-03-31 9:51]

Hello Haraprasan,
On black, beautiful designs ...
Wings are very attractive.
Excellent details and sharpness, the colors are amazing.
Greetings from Istanbul,

Es un placer el poder observar a estas maravillas, además tan bien captadas Haraprasan.
Buen encuadre, enfoque y captura de los colores.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-03 11:44]

Hi Hara,i haven't words to comment a fantastic beauty like that!!! The point of view make a difference,impressives details and colors.But....what a incredible butterfly!!! My great compliments,have a nice weekend,Luciano

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-04-04 5:13]

Hello Haraprasan,
So beautiful...and then the suprise of your story. How sad! You at least had the opportunity to catch its beauty and to spread it out in the world, which gives to the butterfly a virtual longer life.
Good framing and beautiful green-tone of the picture .
Thanks a lot
Have a nice weekend

Hi Haraprasan,

what an beautiful butterfly with fine colours.
good pov and details.


amazing colours, TFS Ori

Nice shot. The colours look gorgeous and good pov too.

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