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Papilio demoleus in-flight

Papilio demoleus in-flight
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-01
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite photos, Butterflies in flight [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-10 15:59
Viewed: 4483
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This pic is dedicate to Asbed,the in-flight photographer of TN.

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Papilionidae

Subfamily: Papilioninae

Genus: Papilio

Species: P. demoleus

The Common Lime Butterfly (Papilio demoleus) is a common and widespread Swallowtail butterfly. It gets its name from its host plants which are usually citrus species such as the lime. Unlike most swallowtail butterflies it does not have a prominent tail. Other names for the butterfly include the Lemon Butterfly, the Small Citrus Butterfly, the Chequered Swallowtail and the Dingy Swallowtail.
Upper side of wings has the ground colour black. The fore wing has the base below cell and basal half of latter so irrorated with yellow scales as to form more or less complete transverse dotted lines, two outwardly oblique yellow spots in cell and a curved spot at its upper apex; a spot at base and another beyond it in interspace 8; a discal transverse series of cream-yellow spots irregular in arrangement and size extends from interspace la to 8; the series interrupted in interspace 5 and the spot in interspace 7 double; this is followed by a sinuous postdiscal series of spots and an admarginal terminal series of smaller spots. In many specimens between the discal and postdiscal series the black ground-colour is irrorated with yellowish scales. Hind wing: base and an edging that decreases in width along the dorsal margin irrorated with yellow scales; followed by a broad medial yellow irregular band, a sinuous postdiscal series of outwardly emarginate yellow spots and a terminal series of smaller similarly coloured spots as on the fore wing. The inner margin of the medial band is curved inwards, the outer margin is very irregular and uneven; in the cell the band does not reach the apex, but beyond the cell there are one or more cream-yellow spots, and the black groundcolour is irrorated with yellowish scales; finally at the tornal angle there is an oval ochraceous-red spot emarginate on its inner side in the female and in both sexes surmounted by a blue lunule; while in interspace 7 between the medial band and the postdiscal spot there is a large ocellus-like spot of the black ground-colour more or less irrorated with blue scales.

The underside has the ground-colour similar, the cream-coloured markings paler and conspicuously larger. The markings differ from those on the upperside in that the forewing has the basal half of cell and base of wing below it with cream-coloured streaks that coalesce at base; irregular ochraceous spots in interspaces 5 to 8 and the discal series of spots complete not interrupted in interspace 5. On the underside of the hind wing, the black at base of wing and along the dorsal margin centred largely with pale cream-colour; the ocellus in interspace 7, the apex of the cell and the black groundcolour between the medial band and postdiscal markings in interspaces 2-6 centred with ochraceous, margined with blue.

Antennae dark reddish brown, touched with ochraceous on the innerside towards the club; head, thorax and abdomen dusky black, the head and thorax anteriorly streaked with cream-vellow: beneath: the palpi, thorax and abdomen cream-yellow with lateral longitudinal black lines on the last.

This butterfly is an avid mud-puddler and visitor of flowers. It basks with its wings held wide open on tufts of grass, herbs and generally keeps within a metre above the ground, even on cloudy days. It relies on its quick flight for escape.

Puddling at Jayanti in Buxa Tiger Reserve in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal, India.It is an interesting butterfly in that it has a number of modes of flight. In the cool of the morning, the flight is slow considering that it is an edible and unprotected swallowtail. As the day progresses, it flies fast, straight and low. In the hotter part of the day, it may be found settling on damp patches where it will remain motionless, except for an occasional flutter of wings, if not disturbed.

It is also a frequent visitor of flowers in gardens, where it shows a preference for flowers of smaller herbs rather than larger plants such as the ubiquitous Lantana with its plentiful blooms. It can be found swarming in the groves of its foodplants.

While resting, the butterfly closes its wing over its back and draws the forewings between the hindwings.

Found in these countries : Oman, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Iran, western and possibly eastern Afghanistan and western Pakistan. Sri Lanka, India and Nepal. Andamans. Burma, Thailand, the Philippines, Kampuchea, southern China (including Hainan, Guangdong province), Taiwan, Japan (rare strays), Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia (Kalimantan, Sumatra, Sula, Talaud, Flores, Alor and Sumba), Papua New Guinea, Australia (including Lord Howe's island), apparently Hawaii and possibly other Pacific Ocean islands. Formerly absent from Borneo it is now one of the commonest Papilionids in Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo, Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) and in Brunei. In the Western Hemisphere, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico.

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Hi Luciano...Beautiful butterfly and amazing colors.....
Good pose clear details and nice composition....Excellent picture...TFS.

Hello Luciano,

A great capture with beautiful colors, details & graceful in-flight capture. Very nicely taken & presented. A great gift for friend Asbed on TN.

TFS & best regards.


bonjour Luciano

alors-là tu me fait sourire, un papillon à l'envol
que tu me dédie, prise par un superbe focus du papillon
à l'envol avec netteté et détail, une belle luminosité,
comme je t'es déjà écrit Luciano, j'aime voir des détails
de l'arrière-plan flouté (i love to see details of the blurred background)

merci beaucoup pour cette photo que tu me dédie Luciano,
voulant garder mes « 100 photos favorites » pour des
photos d'oiseaux et animaux sauvages, j'ai crée un thème
pour les photos de papillons, macro photos et paysages,
je vais ajouter ta photo dans ce thème spécial, merci encore Luciano,


Hello Luciano,

another good image with rare pov and good detailed.
Fine warm colours.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-10 23:07]

Hello Luciano,
excellent in-flight shot and very good composition of this b.fly .Very nice pov and bg with splendid colours.Well presented pose
Best regards Siggi

ciao Luciano
has a drawing style I like it,nice composition from good POV, a very beautiful scene with fine attribution of colours and details!
keep photographing! TFS

Ciao Luciano. Si realizza un sogno quando si riesce a riportare cosi una farfalla in volo. POV fortunato rispetto alla superficie dell'ala della quale risaltano colori texture e dettgalio. Una macro da navigato maestro.


Ciao Luciano,
un spettacolare Macaone caraibico per una possibile spettacolare immagine, lo scatto è di ottima qualità sul piano tecnico e l'uso di un grandangolare ti ha permesso di avere una buona definizione nonostante il volo e il tempo al limite per evitare il mosso delle ali, quello che ti è mancato è un più favorevole punto di ripresa per una composizione che effettivamente desse la sensazione del volo o almeno avesse un migliore impatto visivo
Grazie e complimenti
Ciao Maurizio

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2009-12-11 3:33]

Hi Luciano,

This a lovely and unusual catch. Get sharpness despite the movement. Well done!

Have a great weekend,


Ciao Luciano magnifica Papilio demoleus beccata alla grande in splendido volo, mica facile, solo chi ci prova lo sa, tecnicamente concordo con le osservazioni di Maurizio, scatto spettacolare, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

hello Luciano
super composition with beautiful colours and nice light
greeting lou

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-11 11:56]

Hi Luciano. Once again a fine butterfly picture taken late in the year. It must have been a warm day. You have used the light to give bright colours. With good detail in the wing markings. TFS.

have a good weekend.

bonjour Luciano
j'ai ratée cette image hier soir de peu, quand je l'ai vue, j'étais trop fatiguée,
fantastique photo de papillon en vol, c'est très rare et très difficile à faire, félicitations ! en plus c'est un très joli papillon, les details et les couleurs sont superbes,
Passe une bonne nuit et un bon WE

Hi my friend Luciano
Wonderful macro photo of this pretty butterfly..
Details, lighting and composition are great.
Best regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-12-12 16:57]

Hi Luciano,

A good picture of a small bird is difficult enough and you managed to get a great shot of a moving butterfly! This Common Lime is lovely and I love seeing both sides of the wings. Wonderful colors, details and composition.


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