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Ruby-spotted Swallowtail

Ruby-spotted Swallowtail
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-210, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-06 4:23
Viewed: 3578
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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.

Conservation: Not usually required. Status should be determined in south Texas (may be extirpated).

NatureServe Global Status: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.

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To euroblinkie: FrogsPeterZ 1 12-23 12:48
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Hi Peter
Excellent capture of this male Whinchat with good pose and composition, sharp details and bright natural colours.
Well done..


Hi Peter,
a very nice close-up picture of this beautiful butterfly.
Sharpness, details and exposure are very good.
And the insect is well seen against the clean BG.
Well done.
About the Whinchat :-)
Our friend just copy and past the same comments, I think
he have some language problems.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-12-06 5:29]

Hello peter,
Excellent close-up shot of this beautiful butterfly with nice composition.
TFS and G's,

Hi Peter,
Good detail and POV, I like the composition.
Well seen from the BG, and the black wings are well exposed.
Those ruby red spots running along its side look great..
Love that curled up probiscus too :)

Ciao Peter,
meravigliosa cattura con un eccellente POV e con una splendida composizione, che esaltano le magnifiche caratteristiche di questa bellissima farfalla, ottima la definizione, fantastico il contrasto dei colori.

Hi Peter, elegant butterfly with fantastic colors, superb focus and great sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-06 6:41]

Hello Peter,
This Swallowtail is really gorgeous and your capture excellent! I love its profile with the proboscis rolled up and the long elegant legs! A fine low POV too and a lovely composition.
Many thanks and have a nice weekend, Ulla

Hi Peter,
An awesome macro capture of this black-red butterfly with wonderful clarity and nice composition.
TFS and have a nice weekend my friend,


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-06 8:21]

Hi Peter,

A gorgeous swallowtail - my favorite colors. You captured it with the legs, antennae and wings in a wonderful position on the leaf. The black is excellent and the red markings which you show in fine detail are lovely. Beautiful composition against the lovely blurred background.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-06 8:36]

Hi Peter. I do like the dark butterflies and this one you have taken so well, showing the markings and bright colours . A nice pov/dof. well done TFS.

Bonito trabajo Peter, donde has conseguido plasmar bien la belleza de esta delicada mariposa. Bonitos contrastes y colores. El foco te quedó algo adelantado.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Ha Peter,

Prachtige plaat van deze Ruby-spotted Swallowtail in een mooie pose
prima scherpe met goede details in het zwart

TFS Thijs

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-12-06 11:50]

Hi Peter.
What a beauty you have pictured. Brilliant subject and amazing its reproduction. POV is very attractive. Exposure of the butterfly, sharpness of the insect image, blurriness of the nice surroundings are superb. Well done. My kind regards.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-12-06 23:25]

Hi Peter,
A magnificent specimen shown in all his glory.
That showy black and red thorax, with those beautiful wings.
But what strikes me most about this shot is the arrangement of all the "lines" formed by the legs, antennae, and proboscis.
A beautiful composition with a lovely OOF BG.
TFS. : )

Hallo Peter
You deserve each of your points over and over. You are an excellent photographer with lots of talent. Wonderful capture of this Swallowtail. Excellent depth of field that keeps the whole butterfly in perfect focus but blurrs the background notably. Vibrent colours and awesome patterns on the wings. As usual a flawless presentation with superb sharpness. Truly precise in every aspect, with excellent framework. I appreciated looking at this beauty.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-12-07 3:27]

Hi Peter
very nixe colors and composition
very good sharp
well done.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-07 8:49]

Hi Peter,
excellent shot of this beautiful butterfly. wonderful composition, nice details, sharpness. POV great. Very good notes.
Best regards Siggi

Hallo Peter,

Mooie opname van deze vlinder,die ik volgens mij wel eens in een vlindertuin heb gezien.
Goede detailering in de vleugels en mooie natuurlijk kleuren.


Hi Peter,
Excellent capture of this species. Nice pic.
TFS. Ferran

Hi Peter,

Excellent close up of this beautiful butterfly.
Nice colours with good details.
Focus and sharpness are splendid.

Hi Peter,
this is a beautiful capture of the swallowtail and with such good details especially the nectar feeding tube coiled up as it is.Butterflies look delicate but that is not really the case as they really are very tough little creatures and can survive in conditions that would be hard for we humans to.The colour scheme this butterfly is eye catching as red on black gives a very strong look to anything with those colours.Thanks for giving us this view to enjoy. Bob

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-07 14:24]

Hi Peter,
a good macro of this butterfly.
Nice colours.
Superb composition.
Great DOF.

Well done,

Hello Peter

Excellent texture and sharpness,you have managed the lighting well and the dark colour is well exposed.
Nicely placed in the frame.
The POV and DOF are good.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-08 5:07]

Hello Peter,
Your wonderful camera work gives us a sharp colorful view of this splendid butterfly macro. The textures in the wing are superb, thank you for sharing Peter.

Hello Peter!
Interesting species of Papilionidae, not too colourful but with nice mosaic of colours. I like profile POV, sharpness and pose of the insect :)
Also note is informative :)
All the best and TFS!

Hi Peter,
that's so beautiful, I love this butterfly very much. So sad that we can see this beauty only in butterfly-houses - but there we can enjoy is so much. I love to see the tongue as a spiral, lovely.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hola Peter,
Precioso ejemplar, para esta magnífica foto de bella composición, buena nitidez excelente fondo e iluminación, saludos
José Ramón

hallo Peter

mooie foto van een nog mooiere vlinder

erg scherp die kleuren

ps .de frogjes waren niet stil te krijgen
ik ben nog blij met de foto's
groetjes lou

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