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Blue Mormon

Blue Mormon
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Copyright: vijeesh babu (vijeeshbabu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 122] (661)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: sony DSC W110
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-15 2:32
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Points: 32
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Name : Blue Mormon
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Genus: Papilio
Species: P. polymnestor

Males have the upper wings rich velvety black. The fore wing has a postdiscal band composed of internervular broad blue streaks gradually shortened and obsolescent anteriorly, not extended beyond interspace 6.

The hindwing has the terminal three-fourths beyond a line crossing the apical third of the cell pale blue, or greyish blue, with superposed postdiscal, subterminal and terminal series of black spots—the postdiscal spots elongate, inwardly conical; the subterminal oval, placed in the interspaces, the terminal irregular, placed along the apices of the veins and anteriorly coalescing more or less with the subterminal spots.

The underside is black with and on the base of the cell in the fore wing is an elongate spot of dark red; the postdiscal transverse series of streaks as on the upperside but grey tinged with ochraceous and extended right up to the costa; in some specimens similar but narrow streaks also in the cell. Hind wing with five irregular small patches of red at base, the outer three-fourths of the wing grey touched with ochraceous, but generally narrower than the blue on the upperside; the inner margin of the grey area crosses the wing beyond the cell; the post-discal and subterminal black spots as on the upperside. In some specimens this grey area is greatly restricted, its inner margin crossing the wing well beyond the apex of the cell; the subterminal spots merged completely with the terminal spots and form a comparatively broad terminal black band. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen blackish brown.

Female very similar but the inter-nervular streaks on the fore wing paler, extended into the cell both on the upper and undersides. Hind wing: the pale blue area on the upperside and the corresponding grey area on the underside paler. In some specimens there is a diffuse short crimson streak at the base of the cell of the fore wing on the upperside.


Endemic to India and Sri Lanka. In India it is restricted to the Western Ghats, Southern India and the East coast. It has been recorded as far north as Gujarat. It is often seen even in the gardens and sometimes in the middle of busy traffic in large cities such as Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore. Wynter-Blyth recorded it in Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Sikkim.


The butterfly is most common in heavy rainfall areas, such as evergreen forests. Also common in deciduous forests and wooded urban areas, primarily due to the cultivation of its host plants, i.e. the Citrus species.

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Hi Vijeesh,
very nice photo of this Blue Mormon. Amazing unusual colours. Great point of view. Excellent sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-16 1:36]

Magnificent butterfly taken in a difficult light whit great sharpness and details,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Really amazing butterfly, well down
TFS, Ferran

Hi Vijeesh, this is a great shot of this mormon. You did a fantastic job capturing it. It has good sharpness and detail. Have a wonderful day. Greetings from USA, Bill

Hello Vijeesh.
Fantastic butterfly!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-08-16 9:03]

Hi Vijeesh,
Well composed shot.
Lovely butterfly with fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness.
Best wishes,

Hallo Vijeesh,
a very beautiful capture of the Blue Mormon, good sharpness and splendid colours, excellent point of view and composition
Best regards

Hi Vijeesh,
Magnificent shot,
Excellent sharpness with marvellous details in shapes and colors.

Hi Vijeesh,
Very nice butterfly and you have captured it very well, great point of view, good sharpness and nice natural colours,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

Hi Vijeesh,

The leaves are helping to frame the butterfly. The close-up point of view is showing the details and colors of the Blue Mormon butterfly. the light is giving a good contrast to the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-08-17 12:24]

Hello Vijeesh.
Wonderful capture of this lovely butterfly,excellent composition wonderful colours and detail.
Best regards Siggi

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-08-17 15:45]

Hello Vijeesh,
What a beautiful butterfly,nice colors and excellent shaprness.
Have a nice day!...

Dang that is one huge butterfly..just a super capture. It is rare for my eyes in image and I have not seen one in person.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2011-08-30 10:40]

Hi Vijeesh,

You have so many beautiful butterflies in your gallery. It is a delight for me because we have had hardly any at all here on the desert this summer. This Blue Mormon is exquisite with its striking colors and pattern. I love the open winged pose against the leaves,


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-09-01 5:58]

Hello Vijeesh,
A striking butterfly which was unknown to me until I went on TN. Its wings make it appear very solemn! Natural environment too, which make the shot very pleasant. May be a bit more contrast would have brought out the butterfly even more.
Kind regards

Hi Vijeesh,
fantastic colors, great sharpness and details.
TFS, regards,

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