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Ruby-spotted Swallowtail

Ruby-spotted Swallowtail
Photo Information
Copyright: Nel Diepstraten (NellyD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-22 8:37
Viewed: 3105
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another one of my butterfly pictures, wich I took at the butterfly pavilion at the Artis zoo in Amsterdam.
This one is called Ruby-spotted Swallowtail and here's some info on it wich I found on the internet:

Family: Parnassians and Swallowtails (Papilionidae)
Subfamily: Swallowtails (Papilioninae)
Identification: Large and black with no tails. Female's upper forewing cell has diffuse white patch; hindwing has postmedian pink patch.

Life history: Females lay eggs in groups on host plant leaves. Caterpillars rest in clusters on host plant during the day and feed at night; they all feed and molt at the same time.

Flight: Several from May-October.
Wing span: 2 3/4 - 4 inches (7 - 10 cm).
Caterpillar hosts: Trees in the citrus (Rutaceae) family including Citrus, Casimiroa, and Zanthoxylum species.

Adult food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Lowland tropical forests, citrus groves, gardens.
Range: From south Texas south to Argentina. A rare stray to Kansas, southeast Arizona, and west Texas.

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good colors nice focus good use of DOF but i'd crop closer to the bug. right now the leaves overwhelm the butterfly.

magnifique cette photo , ce papillon est bien exposé, belle couleurs et j' aime bien le flou du devant
bon travail

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-23 6:10]

Hello Nel,
Lovely close up.I liked colors,lighting,framing and visual impact a lot.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-03-23 8:49]
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Hello Nel
You did a wonderful capture at the Artis zoo, but this is a Ruby-spotted Swallowtail (Papilio anchisiades), and not Biblis hyperia.
I hope you will be no angry with me for the correction.
A good shot anyway with splendid colors.
I will come back tomorrow to give you the points.
Have a nice day!

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-03-23 11:15]

Hi Nel.
Your another picture with very nice captured beautiful butterfly.I like POV and good managed DOF.Colors and light are very fine.Here would maybe was better go closer to butterfly,IMHO.Nice done,TFS.
With greeting Milos.

Olá Nel!

Ótima foto desta borboleta que se destaca pelas suas cores contrastantes. Boa composição, meus parabéns pelo trabalho.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-25 3:20]

Hi Nelly

Nice shot. Crop could be a bit tighter, but otherwise exellent.

Hi Nel, lovely butterfly with great focus and wonderful details, splendid light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-03-26 7:22]

Hallo Nel,
Prachtig he, zo'n vlindertuin. Je kijkt er je ogen uit. Dit is een prachtig exemplaar dat je hebt vastgelegd. Goede focus en prachtige kleuren. Mooie compositie en hoek.
gr. Paula

Hello Nel,
A delicate composition, where the butterfly is nicely placed in the frame!
Close-up work is well done, and a fine composition!
Pablo -

Hoi Nel,
Ik vind de diepte in deze foto heel erg mooi. Het geeft de foto een beetje een 3D gevoel. De belichting en scherpte zijn super en de helderheid in kleuren zijn perfect.
Ik zie dat je deze foto met je andere camera hebt gemaakt. Is je nummer 1 kapot?


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-07 13:43]

Hi Nel.
I like your beautiful shot of this wonderful butterfly so much. Pictured scene is very nice, Shot is composed excellent. I also like soft lighting, delicate colours and well blurred impressive BG. Elegant work. My compliments and TFS.

A well focused subject.
Excellent clarity too.
Great composition; well framed.
Presented with taste.
Best and friendly regards from Canada from Mario.

Olá Nel
Grandes cores, preciosos detalhes e linda composição.
Muito me agrada o seu ponto de visão nesta foto.

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