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Common mormon

Common mormon
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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: 2009-09-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 XR DiII LD Asp, Kenko UV 62mm
Exposure: f/11, 1/300 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-22 12:02
Viewed: 3234
Points: 40
[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 female of the Common Mormon is polymorphic. In South Asia, it has three forms or morphs. These are as follows :-

Form cyrus
Common Mormon Papilio polytes (Male & Female- cyrus)

This form is similar to the male, differing in that it always has strongly marked red crescents. It is the least common of the three forms.

Form stichius
This female form of the Common Mormon mimics the Common Rose very closely. This is the commonest form wherever the Common Rose flies.

Form romulus
This female form mimics the Crimson Rose and is common over its range. It is not such a close mimic as the previous form being duller than its model, the Crimson Rose. It is easy to differentiate the mimics from models by the colour of their body - the models are red-bodied and the mimics are black-bodied.

Source : Wikipedia

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-08-22 12:09]

Hi Haraprasan
Excellent shot of this great Common mormon!
Wonderful details and colors.
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Namaste Haraprasan,
you made this shot from a wonderful angle, to look up to this mighty butterfly in flight is realy beautiful.
Also sunny colours, I like it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Haraprasan,

this are a great image with good low pov, dof, detals and suburp sharpness.
Fine colirs.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-22 12:12]

Namastay Haraprasan,
A nice one from your archives of this Common Mormon. The composition with the pink lantana flower is perfect and the lateral POV shows it with superb sharpness and DOF with a good DOF to provide asuitable BG.
Thanks for sharing this one,

Namastay Hara Ji,

Fine macro work, the flower andbutterfly are perfectly sharp. The colorful beauty contrasts very nicely with the soft green background.
TFS and have a nice week!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-22 12:18]

Hello Haraprasan.
Very interesting butterfly and very interesting pose. Great pov. So wonderful capture. It's like a painting.
I like it a lot. Nice flower and bg also!
Best regards Siggi

Hi Haraprasan,very nice capture.TFS

Hallo Haraprasan,
thanks, i am proud that you chose my picture in your favourite list; a very beautiful capture, very good sharpness, superb lighting and bright colours, excellent POV and composition, very well done.
Best regards

Hello Haraprasan,
Wonderful colours and outstanding clarity.
Great capture with superb light and good focus.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-22 15:58]

HI Haraprasan,

A very beautiful picture of this lovely butterfly. An excellent pose on the pretty pink flower. Colors and details of the Common Mormon are marvelous. I love the setting and composition.


Hello Haraprasan
this mormon butterfly is very beautiful with its colorful wings. It is somewhat similar to Papilionids here. you nicely captured it on flowers. focus, POV, composition and colors very nice. thanks for sharing, best wishes
and have a nice new week

Despite the butterfly being high up there on a lantana bush, you have managed an interesting picture of it, HP. The wing movement has been arrested in a nice freeze shot.
Thanks for taking out this image from your archives.

Hello Haraprasan,
Great photo. Lovley pose, fine details in all the frame.
Anil Purohit

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-08-22 21:09]

Hi Nayak,
Excellent composition with this Butterfly, TFS!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-08-23 2:33]

Hello Haraprasan,
The association of Common Mormon and Lantana-shrub looks for me quite exotic. I suppose that the butterfly was posed quite high,so that we can se the blue of the sky shimmering through the leaves. Very pleasant composition too. May be the flash was a tiny too strong.
Kind regards

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-08-23 8:13]

Hello Haraprasan
This is a beautiful composition.Heaven if the back rond is quite busy it does not effect the image.Good low pov and sharp image,colors & light are beautiful.
TFS Michel

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-08-23 9:03]

Hi Hara,the pic isn't the best about the quality,but this spectaculat specie must to be showed...what a beauty and what a composition..meet a butterfly like that it's inly a dream for me..eheh..Thanks for share,have a nice day! Luciano.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-23 9:23]

Hello Haraprasan,
Wonderful photo in very beautiful colours. The sharpness and details are superb. Perfect composition and POV. Very good DOF and a nice OOF BG.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-08-23 19:28]

Hello Haraprasan,
Very pleasing composition with a superb point of view. Very bright and colourful image with fine detail.TFS Haraprasan.

Que pena que no tengamos aquí esta maravilla Haraprasan. Un bonito trabajo.
Saludos: J. Ignasi.

What a huge butterfly.
When a child we used to catch these fellows and tie a string to its abdomen and keep them as pets. SUCH YOUTHFUL FOLLY!!!
Excellently presented details; looks like I'm in Goa again.
Highly IMPRESSIVE imagery.
Mario with kind regards from Canada.

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