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Bluebottle


Bluebottle
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Copyright: vipin baliga (vipinbaliga) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 18 W: 12 N: 44] (460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nokia N73
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): ButterFlysOfIndia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-17 23:20
Viewed: 3211
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Me and my friends decided to visit one of the many water falls here in Coorg.
We were walking towards the falls when I found this guy resting on the ground. He was constantly flapping his wings and I found it pretty difficult to click the fully exposed wings.. That's when he decided not to disappoint me and held his wings open for a few seconds..!!!
I had no plans of losing this opportunity at all...
Thank you Mr. Bluebottle.... ;-)

Info on the Specimen:
Graphium sarpedon, the common bluebottle or blue triangle (Australia).
This swift-flying butterfly is common in the nature reserves. In flight, one normally catches a glimpse of its blue wings. There is some red spotting on the underside of the hindwing.

The males of this species can often be found feeding on roadside seepages or urine-tainted sand. Occasionally, up to eight butterflies can be found congregated on one spot.

The caterpillar feeds on a species of wild Cinnamon.

Features:
Upperside opaque black. Fore and hind wings crossed from above the tornal area on tho hind to near the apex of the fore wing by a semi-hyaline broad pale blue medial band which is broadest in the middle, more or less greenish and macular anteriorly; the portion of the band that crosses interspaces 6, 7 and 8 on the hind wing white; beyond the band on the hind wing there is a sub-terminal line of blue slender lunules. Underside similar, ground-colour dark brown. Hind wing: a short comparatively broad sub-basal band from costa to sub-costal vein, and the postdiscal area between the medial blue band and the sub-terminal lunules velvety black traversed by the pale veins and transversely, except in interspaces 6 and 7, by narrow crimson lines; lastly, a crimson spot near the tornal angle with an admarginal yellowish-white spot below it. Antenna, head, thorax and abdomen brown, the head and thorax suffused with greenish grey; beneath: the palpi, thorax and abdomen touched with dingy white, the abdomen with two whitish lateral lines.
Male has abdominal fold within grey, furnished with a tuft of long, somewhat stiff white hairs

Variously reported with wingspans between 55 and 75 mm, the common bluebottle has black upper wings and brown lower wings. Both fore and hind wings are marked by a central spot in the form of a blue or blue-green triangle, with apex pointing toward the body.
The common bluebottle is known for quick flight and rapid reactions. It is difficult to catch.

Habitat:
Graphium sarpedon is primarily an inhabitant of moist, low-level rain forests (below 1600 m/5000 feet). In these elevations it is usually seen flying just above the tree canopy.
Found in South and Southeast Asia, as well as parts of Australia. There are approximately 15 subspecies with differing geographical distributions.

Diet:
The adult common bluebottle feeds on nectar from a variety of flowering herbs. The larvae feed primarily on the leaves of trees in the families Lauraceae, Myrtaceae, Sapotaceae, and Rutaceae. In particular, G.s. sarpedon and G.s. teredon often feed on leaves of the cinnamon bark tree, Cinnamomum zeylanica, or of the Indian laurel, Litsea sebifera.

Conservation status
Secure

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Genus: Graphium
Species: G. sarpedon


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Beautifull colours of this lovely butterfly.Good picture.Best regards.Alin.

excellent sharpness and contrast. nice shot.

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