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Black swallowtail 2
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Copyright: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Chattisgarh
Theme(s): Butterflies of India 2, Butterflies of Asia, My Butterflies ( From Chattisgarh) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-11 5:37
Viewed: 3685
Points: 26
[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.

This butterfly's common name is an allusion to the polygamy formerly practiced by members of the Mormon religion. Harish Gaonkar, of the Natural History Museum in London, writes that "the origins of giving common English names to organisms, particularly butterflies for tropical species started in India around the mid 19th century ... The naming of Mormons evolved slowly. I think the first to get such a name was the Common Mormon (Papilio polytes), because it had three different females, a fact that could only have been observed in the field, and this they did in India. The name obviously reflected the ... Mormon sect in America, which as we know, practiced polygamy.

This one is female form cyrus.

The details of the species are as under:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Subfamily: Papilioninae
Genus: Papilio
Species: P. polytes
Form : Cyrus (female)

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This is a much better version of the same butterfly you posted earlier, Pankaj.
POV, details, colours and focus are just perfect in this image,
The placement of the subject within the frame is also well thought of.
Well done again and TFS.

Very nice Macro. I like the sharpness in the picture. Lighting is good in this picture, but it seems that the blackparts on the lower part of the wings are a bit to dark. Detailed structures are lost this way. Anyhow a good Macro, well done and compliments of Arjuna.

hi pankaj
une belle symetrie sur ce cliché,les couleurs sont naturelles et le POV est bon.

Hi Pankaj,
Nice shot. Good compo and sharpness.
Well done

I must say that you are an expert at shooting butterflies ;) This is a beautiful capture of this so nice insect. I love the details, POV, composition and DOF. Colors and lightning are very good as well. I enjoyed reading your very interesting notes; this is a very good presentation. Well done and TFS,

Wow!! I mean WOW..this is one awesome photo...the colors are so crisp and clean...and the detail is amazing...also like the framing..great shot TFS!
Donna :o)

thanks for your comments on Just around the corner

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-11-11 23:45]

Pankaj, a beautiful butterfly.

Lovely colors, pov and compositon.

Great note too.

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  • budi (296)
  • [2006-11-12 0:57]

Beautiful butterfly..
Sharp and detail.
Nice composition.


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-11-12 2:46]

Hi Pankaj.
Excellent!Beautiful butterfly,really.POV,composition and sharpness all great.Perfect details and pleasant colours.
Great work!
Thank you for sharing.
Greetings Milos

magnifique papillon noir, excellents détails, une réussite parfaite
félicitations et merci du partage

Bonjour Pankaj
Une excellente photo en macro de ce beau papillon .Les couleurs sont justes et parfaitements exposées ainsi que les détails.. Félicitations pour la belle composition.

Merci et bravo...JP
Les sourires demain

Hi Pankaj,

Exellent shot of this male Papilio Polytes
I shot the female 2006-11-09
Exellent sharp details
good composition, colours, lightning, POV and DOF

TFS Thijs

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  • edji Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 83 W: 8 N: 22] (426)
  • [2007-02-19 22:53]

I live in Canada and we don't that kind of butterfly in nature. But, today I went to a butterfly exposure in the city and I saw one of that kind. I like your shot, sharpness is great.

Hello Pankaj Bhai!
Kahan se paa jatey hain aap inko. Mainey to hamesha inko photos aur sapnoan mein hee dekha hai :) Thanks for sharing.

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