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Blue clipper

Blue clipper
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Copyright: Greg Hume (greghume) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 212 W: 72 N: 575] (2160)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/3.6, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Papilio [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-31 21:11
Viewed: 3339
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Clipper, Parthenos sylvia), is a species of nymphalid butterfly found in South and South-East Asia including India, China, Malaysia, Philippines, and New Guinea.
It is found mostly in forested areas. The Clipper is a fast flying butterfly and has a habit of flying with its wings flapped stiffly between the horizontal position and a few degrees below the horizontal. It may glide between spurts of flapping.
Found commonly at Lantana flowers in open country and in the neighbourhood of villages. Larval foodplants are Adenia palmata and Tinospora cordifolia.
The common name, clipper, is an allusion to the speciesí white wing patches that look like the multiple billowing sails on the mighty sailing trade ships of Cramer's day. The white patches are located on the clipper's forewings and stand out against a background that varies in color. The appearance of this Indo-Australian butterfly fluctuates across its broad geographic distribution. The wings may change in size and be blue, green, orange or brown, but the white patches remain unchanged in all of the 26 subspecies.
Taken at Krohn Conservatory.

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Excellent photo. I like how the butterfly is keeping wings fully opened and such nice contrast of colors. Sharp and crisp photo.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-01 1:04]

Hello Greg
Wonderful capture with sharp details and beautiful colors. Regards

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2009-06-01 2:36]

great shot of a beautiful butterfly!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-01 8:42]

Hello Greg,
Very beautiful photo of this Clipper in splendid clear colours, excellent sharpness and a very nice POV and composition.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-06-01 15:19]
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Hello Greg,
The markings and colors are gorgeous. Fantastic detail with perfect exposure!! It's neat how the patterns in the lower wings look like little H's. TFS.

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