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graphium agamemnon - tailed jay

graphium agamemnon - tailed jay
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Copyright: nuri senemek (senn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K-x, CZ Macro-Planar T* f2/ 100mm ZK
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-02-13 11:12
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From Papiliorama (Kerzers / Switzerland)


Southern India to Saurashtra, Northern India (Kumaon to Assam), Nepal, Sri Lanka, Andamans, Nicobars, Bangladesh, Brunei, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, southern China (including Hainan), Taiwan, South East Asia to New Guinea, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, and Australia (northern Queensland).

Male upperside black. Forewing with the following green markings: a spot at the extreme base of the costal margin, a transverse short bar near base of cell and seven spots beyond, two and two except the apical spot which is single ; two spots beyond apex of cell; a spot at base of interspaces 1a and 1, followed by two oblique short macular bands; a discal series of spots decreasing in size towards the costa, and a postdiscal series of smaller spots that begins with two in interspace 1; the spots in interspace 7 in both series are out of line, placed outwards. Hind wing: three series of similarly-coloured markings that ran transversely across the wing more or less parallel to the dorsal margin, the upper marking white; a short greenish stripe at the extreme base of the wing.
Underside: fuliginous brown or brownish-black, more or less suffused with pink along the costal margin, on apical area and along the outer margin of the discal markings on the fore wing, broadly along the dorsal and terminal margins and at base on interspaces 6 and 7 on the hind wing; markings similar to those on the upperside but less clearly defined and somewhat more grey in tint. Hind wing black, inwardly red-margined spots superposed on the pink area in interspaces 6 and 7. cilia very narrow, pale pink. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen black, thorax above and the abdomen on the sides streaked with greenish grey; beneath: ochreous grey touched on the thorax with pink.
Female similar, but with a streak of greenish white along the dorsal margin on both upper and under sides.
Race decoratus is found in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and is very similar to the typical form, from which it can be distinguished as follows : Upperside green spots smaller, especially the discal series on the fore wing. Underside hind wing : the red postcostal spot is relatively small but the red part has much increased against the black part; besides the large red anal mark and the mark before the first disco-cellular veinlet, there is a large red spot in the lower median cellule [interspace 2], a smaller red spot in each of the three preceding cellules [interspaces 3, 4, 5] and a streak-like spot at the base of the lower median cellule.


Once found primarily close to wooded country where there is a fairly heavy rainfall, the Tailed Jay is now very common at low elevations and regularly seen in gardens and urban areas due to its foodplant, Polyalthia longifolia (False Ashoka or Mast Tree), being widely used as an ornamental tree.


Strong and restless fliers, they are very active butterflies and flutter their wings constantly even when at flowers. They are seldom seen drinking from damp patches. The males are particularly fond of nectaring from flowers such as Lantana, Ixora, Mussaenda, and Poinsettia. The females are more likely caught when looking for foodplants or laying eggs.
Tailed Jays are active throughout the year but their abundance depends upon the local monsoon and availability of the larval host plants. The butterflies generally fly among the tree-tops but descend to ground level in search of flowers or host plants. Because of their relatively fast life cycle (just over one month from egg to adult), Tailed Jays are multivoltine and may produce up to 7–8 broods per year.
It has been noted in one instance to be attracted to lights at night.

Life cycle

This species can take from 33–36 days from egg to adult. The species is multivoltine with at least 7-8 broods in a year.[4] [1]

The eggs are pale yellow and are laid singly on the underside of young leaves, and hatch after 3–4 days.
Young larvae are dark yellowish green with a pale yellow band in the middle of the abdomen. From the head, which is moderately large, the body increases in thickness rapidly to the 4th or 5th segment and then tapers gradually down to the tail. It has four pairs of spines. The colour is at first smoky-black, but at the last moult becomes a light clear green faintly marked with lines of a darker shade. The fully grown larva is green, fusiform and having small black spots. It has a pair of osmeterium and black spines on each thoracic segment, the third pair being orange-yellow. A fourth pair is situated on the last segment. The caterpillars undergo five instars over a period of 15–16 days, during which many are attacked by parasitoid wasps.
The pupae are green or brownish. They are found attached on the underside of leaves; sometimes on the upperside, and are held in place with a body girdle. The pupal stage lasts for 13–14 days. The horns are tipped with rusty brown.

source :Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphium_agamemnon)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-02-13 11:22]

Salut Nuri,je n'aime pas les photos prises dans zoos ou jardins des papillons,mais cette fois je suis oblige' a m'arreter face a une capture au top de la qualite',une espece magnifique et une photo vraiment super.Mes compliments et belle soiree',Luciano

Ciao Nuri, great macro of fantastic butterfly, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

unbelivable colours , TFS Ori


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-02-13 17:56]

Hello Nuri,
I personally have never seen a butterfly in the wild with green in their wings. I have viewed them here on TN and think they are simply gorgeous.
Your particular specimen is shown in fine detail and beautiful colors not to mention an attractive resting pose. Great work in capturing this little beauty for all to enjoy!!

Amazing butterfly Nuri! Impressive photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness.

Hello Nuri
Superb photo, wonderful colours, excellent point of view and detail. Perfect focus.
Beautiful butterfly.
regards yiannis

Hi Nuri
Excellent Macro of this butterfly. Wonderful colour and clarity. Super DOV and POV. Amazing markings against a complimentary BG.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-02-14 5:35]

Hello Nuri,
What a splendid colours in this butterfly. But the colours in the background are very beautiful too. They match very well. Good sharpness, POV and composition.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-02-14 6:11]

Hello Nuri
superb capture, excellent details and such a lovely smooth background.
this brought into a pleasant and attractive presentation.
so pretty.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-02-14 6:24]

Very fine portrait of this beauty. tfs.

Nice shot even though the cropping is a bit too tight for me, Nuri.
The colours are very charming on this Graphium.

hallo Nuri
a beautiful picture with nice light and super colours
great sharpness
thanks greeting lou

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-02-15 4:34]

Bonjour Nuri,
Je vois que tu es allé au Papillorama un mois avant moi, et nous avons photographié la même espèce. Toi tu montres G. agamemnon latéralement avec cette image très plaisante. La netteté, la présentation sont excellentes.

Hallo Nuri
Looking at all the butterflies featured in the gallery, one cannot believe that there is such an enormous amount of different types, all with their own prominent markings, colour and features. There are just so many pretty ones and this Tailed Jay is one of those. It is undeniably a striking butterfly with warm and and subtle colours, and you have captured it beautifully. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-04-20 10:33]

Nuri bey selamlar,
Fantastik Güzellik ..
Kompozisyon, renk ve detaylar harika güzellikte.
İyi bir haftasonu dileklerimle,

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2013-05-15 13:29]

Hello Nuri,
Outstanding clarity , details .... colours, BG and composition ! Really enjoy looking at your work ! TFS Tina

Hello Nuri,
what a nice butterfly.
beautiful colour and sharpness.
perfect side view.

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