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"Batik" Butterfly @ Papilio demoleus

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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Malaysia, Superb Macros [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-31 2:03
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Papilio demoleus - - Thanks to Ivan & Goutham for ID
I was walking around my work place, and then a gardener told me that there was a beautiful butterfly perching on the palm tree nearby. I asked him how beautiful is beautiful?
He said as beautiful as "batik" clothes. Batik is is our national design for formal and official functions.
Malaysian government civil servants have to wear batik every Thursday.

The Lime Butterfly
(Papilio demoleus malayanus) from:

THE Lime Butterfly (Papilio demoleus malayanus) is a very common species which occurs in northeast Arabia, India and Sri Lanka, through most of Southeast Asia and the Lesser Sunda Islands to Australia and part of New Guinea. It is not found in Borneo, Java, Sulawesi, Timor and the Moluccas.
As the name indicates, the larval food plant is the lime tree and a wide variety of Citrus. In areas where Citrus species are cultivated they are regarded as pests. I have a tangerine plant ("kart chai") growing in a pot, and the Lime Butterfly often lays eggs on it. Occasionally, I have seen a bulbul picking off the caterpillars from this plant.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-03-31 2:24]

Hi Foozi !

A beautiful picture.
A well exposed capture some excellent colors.

Have a nice week,

This is a tailless swallow tail called as "Common Lime". The picture is well executed , but the antenna has merged with the BG color :-( i was wondering was it due to PP

Hi Foozi!

The gardener knows you well and he had the wonderful idea to arrest your attention. The butterfly is a beauty, and you have put it so well on stage. The vertical composition suits the picture at best and the lighting is perfect.

Kind regards


Hi Foozi,

Nice sharp shot of the butterfly. Nice comparison with batik print :). TFS.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-31 3:20]

Hello Foozi,
Yes the patterns and colours of this Common Lime butterfly (Papilio demoleus) could be likened to batik.
You have made a fine capture of this fresh female that will soon lay her eggs on a citrus tree of some kind.
The POV, sharpness and composition against a dark Bg fine, though the antennae have merged with the BG and are difficult to make out.
Thanks for sharing this and best regards,

Hello Foozi,

Excellent shot of this colourful beauty. The POV is interesting too. Nice colours and composition.


Hi, Foozi,

thanks for sharing this beautiful capture with excellent details. the colours are very attractive.

Man Yee

Hello Foozi.

Excellent image, very good details.

Jose Luis.

Ciao Foozi, great capture of splendid butterfly with fantastic colors, wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Foozi,
you are so lucky to have such a perfect lime-swallowtail in free nature around your home.
It's a fantastic one and you captured it so well, I like it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hi Foozi
a splendid batik result,
beautiful composition with good colours and good light,
very beautiful photo

Hello Foozi,
what a wonderful picture of Common Lime taken with good sharpness in a very pleasant composition, great plenty of vivid colours, i like the nice pose of the marvellous butterfly against lovely dark BG.
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-31 10:51]

Hello Foozi,
Interesting note.
Excellent photo in very beautiful colours, also in the OOF BG. Very sharp and a wonderful composition. A pity that you can't see the antennae.

Ohhh... a lovely and perfectly taken macro capture of a butterfly in profile MF Foozi. Great one...
TFS and cheers,

Hello Foozi! Perfect capture. Ideal light and bright, nice natural colours. Good sharpness. Well done!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-03-31 12:20]

Hi Foozi,from the leaves to butterflies the class is always the same.And what a spectacle today! This batik butterfly is beautiful,impressives metallics colors and no better point of view.In this pic i like te dark background too,a really masterpiece,my best compliments,Luciano

Hello Foozi
this ia a GREAT PAINTING!!!
super sharpness colours
great composition
super details\
greeting lou

Hello Foozi
this butterfly is so beautiful, he has splendid colors and you have taken it with great sharpness, very well composed shot and superb shot

Hello Foozi, very beautiful close-up shot of this colourful butterfly.
TFS and regards,

salam Foozi
wonderful capture, very very beautiful butterfly. splendid colors, great sharp focus, POV/DOF and composition. I also like very much colors on bfly and BG. thanks for sharing this beauty. best regards my friend

Hi Foozi!

The gardener knows you well and he had the wonderful idea to arrest your attention.
Excellent shot of this colourful beauty. The POV is interesting too. Nice colours and composition.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-04-01 0:17]

excellent and colorful lime butterfly, beautifuly captured. wish the background bit lighter to show its antenna too. tfs.

Very nice capture of this beautiful butterfly Foozi.
Cheers & TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-04-02 4:01]

Hello Foozi,
Spectacular butterfly, nice to have an attentive gardener! Beautiful colors of the wings, colors which are echoed in the background. Pleasant composition like always

hello Foozi!
amazing macro of papilio in profil posing
to be able to admire the beautiful wings
well done

best sERGIO

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