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Blue Mormon III

Blue Mormon III
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Copyright: Jagath Kandambi (jagathcham) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 0 N: 104] (599)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-10
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of the other countries of Asia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-09 5:08
Viewed: 5002
Points: 9
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Blue Mormon - (Papilio polymnestor parinda)

Wingspan of 115-145 mm. The second largest swallowtail butterfly in the island. The upperside of the male is black and bright silvery blue. The rows of black oval markings on the hind wing are distinguishable even in flight. In the female, much of the blue on the upper surface is replaced by shades of gray and salmon. The male is smaller than the female.

A widely distributed species, and though common, never plentiful. It prefers wooded areas with open corridors. The widespread cultivation of many citrus species in home gardens has made it a delightful sight around human habitations.

A patrolling species that moves about a great deal in search of food and nectar. Its wing beats are somewhat slow but powerful. It stays within ten to fifteen feet above ground, seldom flying high up in the canopy. When it flies in the open, it has a fast undulating flight, and it sways unpredictably from side to side, making it difficult to capture. When threatened, its flight becomes swift and erratic allowing it to get away quickly. It is seldom seen far from cover and often darts in and out of clumps of vegetation in its search for mates or nectar. Like other swallowtails, it keeps its wings in continuous motion while nectaring, its legs barely holding on to the petals. In hot dry weather, the males settle on wet soil to mud-sip.

Special Note::: This is the third post of the same insect. But, I like this shot which has got nice wing position and light runs through them. Would like to know what you think about it. I did some little sharpening and cropping.

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Hello Jagath!
What a nice shot! Superb pose and great subject!

Hi Jagath - good macro of a nice butterly. Beautifull colors, good DOF and and a good note. Thanks!

Hello Jagath, beautiful butterfly.
Good colors and pov, but too many dark and hot spots. BG is not blurred enough, imho.

What camera do you use?
Thank you for sharing!

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-08-11 18:01]

Very beautiful Papilionidae!
Nerver saw it.
Also a big butterfly, by your notes.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2005-08-20 23:04]

Nicely captured Bfly.
Nice colors,pov and dof.TFS

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