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"Tropical Butterflies (II)"

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Copyright: Kevin Seo (undoredo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 2 N: 698] (2740)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D50 DLSR, AF-S VR Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8G ED
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Volkan's Best [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-12 4:52
Viewed: 4398
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi TN friends,
This is another shot of tropical butterflies. I'd taken this butterfly in Butterfly live show at Carletion University. Carleton University Butterfly exhibition is an annual live show and you can see more information from below.

* Great Mormon ( Papilio memnon ):

Great Mormon (Papilio memnon) is a large butterfly with contrasting colors found in India that belongs to the Swallowtail family. A common butterfly, it is widely distributed and has thirteen subspecies. The female is polymorphic and with mimetic forms.

* Range:
North Eastern India (including Sikkim, Assam and Nagaland), Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan(?), Myanmar, Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (stragglers only), western, southern and eastern China (including Hainan), Taiwan and southern Japan, Ryukyu Islands. Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Kampuchea, eastern and peninsular Malaysia, Indonesia ( Sumatra, Mentawai Islands, Nias, Batu, Simeulue, Bangka, Java, Kalimantan and the lesser Sunda Islands (except Timor, Wetar, Babar and Tanimbar).

* Description & Polymorphy:
The butterfly is large with 120 to 150mm span. It has as many as four male and nine female forms , a total of nine forms in all.

. Typical form agenor

- Male: Tailless, above deep blue to black. It may or may not have red streak on the forewing at the base of the cell.
- Female: Tailless. Upperside forewing ground colour sepia, streaked with greyish white. The basal third part of the cell is red and is touched outwardly with white. Upper hindwing is blue-black. It has 5 to 7 yellow or white discal patches.

. Female form butlerianus

Tailless. Resembles the typical male. Both Wings are dark sepia. The forewing has a white area on the inner margin. The hindwing is scaled with blue.

. Female form alcanor

- Tailed. The sides of the abdomen are yellow.
- Upperside forewing greyish brown with veins and streaks between them black. The cell is red at the base. There is a velvety black patch at the bases of veins 1 and 2 of the upperside forewing.
- Upperside hindwing is black with part of the cell white. There are white streaks around it. The tornus is red with a large black spot. There is a row of red terminal spots between the vein.

. Male & female form polymnestoroides

- Tailless.
- Male: Upperside hindwing and forewing have short blue discal stripes.
- Female: The upperside forewing is sepia with pale grey streaks amongst the veins. The base of the cell is red. The upperside hindwing is velvety brown with a blue discal area and has black spots, as in the case of the Blue Mormon Papilio polymnestor which it mimics.

* Habitat:
Flies up to 7000 feet in the Himalayas, but is most common at low elevations.

* Habits:
This butterfly is found in forest clearings. It is very common and is also seen amongst human habitation. It is fond of visiting flowers of Poinsettia, Jasminum, Lantana, Canna and Salvia. It usually flies 2 to 4 meters above the ground. The butterfly is known to mud-puddle. The males are much commoner than females. The female forms butlerianus and alcanor are especially uncommon.

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papilio_memnon )

Thanks for looking and I hope you'll like it.
Any comments welcome! :-)

cataclysta, cicindela, JoseMiguel, fartash, uleko, Alex99, keanhoon, nglen, jrobertop, haraprasan, nainnain, Ena, marhowie, Maite, oscarromulus has marked this note useful
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Hi Kevin
Another beautiful butterfly to your collection. Nice field guide POV, perfect sharpness. Great OOF backgound (nice pink, green and white mosaic). I like also the plants in background
Best wishes

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-12 5:05]

Hey Kevin!
Awesome shot of this beauty.
Amazing sharpness and detail.
Good DOF ad BG.
A better composition would have been to place the wings diagonally across the frame... this one still works fine though.
Vibrent colours and good lighting.
Well done,

hello kevin,
loveky capture of this beautiful mormon butterfly, recently i also found one blue mormon butterfly, liked the pov and the composition, good image quality,
well done,
tfs & regards

bonjour kevin
je trouve le BG un peu trop chargé mais le papillon est net sur toute son envergure.
les couleurs semblent naturelles.
l'exposition maitrisée.
bien vu.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-12 5:47]

Hi Kevin,
once again excellent sharp focus, perfect DOF and a beautiful setting...everything is very well exposed too...very impressive as alays!

Hi Kevin,
Great capture of this gorgeous specimen!
Very good your POV and the clear details got on that wings.
Lighting and colours are just great!
Congratulations and thanks to post it.
My best regards,

Hello Kevin,

Very nice composition. Very good sharpness and wonderful colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Kevin
Very nice shot of this Great Mormon ,
Perfect focusing,exposure and POV,Welldone.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-12 7:08]

Hello Kevin,
A splendid capture of this impressive Swallowtail all in focus. Very sharp details and fine colours. A fine composition with a beautiful background.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-12 7:11]

nothing to say,the pic talk alone and the note is very very useful,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-12 7:26]

Hello Kevin,
Another one in the -wow- serie. Perfect focus and DOF. Excellent vivid colours. Amazing details. Very good POV and composition.

Ciao Kevin,
che meravigliosa farfalla ci presenti!
Tutte le sfumature di colore ed ogni minimo dettaglio è perfettamente visibile.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-12 8:44]

Hi Kevin.
High end picture. The subject is perfect and butterfly cannot be more beautiful. Its reproduction as well as the BG are outstanding. All is superb: rich natural colours, wonderful lights, perfect DOF (sharpness of the main subject and exact level of BG blurriness), etc. Bravo. Well done and my compliments.

Great details *****
Great exposure *****
Nice BG ***
Nice framing ***

Best regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-12 12:28]

Hi \Kevin. Once again you have a fine close up of this beautiful looking butterfly. Your sharp focusing has given fine detail , rich colours .with a good POV. well done TFS.

Hi Kevin,
Great capture. Great Mormon at full beauty.
Excellent detail, focus and POV

Hi dear friend Kevin,
The picture is... simply perfect!
Wonderful butterfly with magnicifent coloration.
Excellent POV, details and sharpness.
Great framing and very good luminosity.
"The image appears to be on the move!"
Thanks for sharing!
Best regards,
José Roberto

Hello my friend Seo,
I always enjoy whenever your posting is here in TN, it will always very pleasant to view of a high quality image!
this one is no exception with best sharpness, vivid colour and details! with great notes always!
my compliment!!
best regards

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-12 19:31]

Hi Kevin,
Splendid shot of this exotic butterfly with such sharp details and colours on its wings. Superb lighting and exposure management and I like the natural BG too much. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-12 20:09]

Hello Kevin

Just marking the post for now


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-12 22:54]

Hi Kevin

Great shot - the POV and detail are spot-on. The BG also helps bring out the detail in the wings.


Hello Kevin,
What a festive and excellent image! This vegetation looks like party’s decorations :)! As usual, this is a great work from you with perfect details, exposure, composition and colors. Congrats!

This is the variety I am going to work on this summer. Very nice the way it sticks right out of the backdrop through good use of colours...very sharp picture and so well noted...Very nice Kevin.

Hello Kevin,
Excellent details have been captured, effective point of view!
The patterns in the wings are very well reproduced, pin sharp and with fine natural colours...
I like the composition with this good 3-D feeling!
Pablo -

Hi Kevin,
A very nice capture of this giant butterfly. Very good details and a nice and different POV with excellent composition. Good notes too. Thanks a lot for sharing.

quelle excellente photo, des couleurs tres jolies, netteté parfaite, bg super , vraiment une excellente réussite,
merci a toi

Hi Kevin,
Great Mormon looks really great! :) I like POV which allow to see all beauty of this butterfly. Also sharpness and detailas are very good. Anyway, the English name of this insect is really interesting, it would be nice to know why it was named like this :)
Best greetings,

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-12-16 8:52]

Hi Kevin,
Excellent shot! Beautiful colors and good sharpness! Nice framing!

Hi Kevin,
The frame's a bit busy, but very nice exposure, color, DOF, and detail here.
Beautiful b-fly :)

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-18 11:41]

Hello Kevin
What a extraordinary event the Carleton University Butterfly exhibition must be! I have never seen something like that, and how much I would like to and see big beautiful butterflies like this specimen that you captured so perfectly. I like a lot not only the beautiful shape and colors of its wings but the curious and beautiful environment. Magnificent sharpness with precise details and marvellous colors, POV, DOF and composition.
Thank you very much for sharing.

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