|Copyright: Greg Hume (greghume)
|Date Taken: 2010-04-26|
|Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon 70-200 F4 L USM IS|
|Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds|
|Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2010-04-29 18:12|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
Pink rose swallowtail native to the Philippines. The top is almost entirely black, while the under side has a brilliant rose red on the wings and abdomen.
Its behavior reminds me of a pipevine swallowtail since it hardly lights as it is feeding. The flash was barely able to freeze the action.
With a little more searching I found that it is related to the pipevine swallowtail; caterpillars of both eat Dutchman’s pipevine (Aristolochia) plants. Because pipevine plants contain bad-smelling chemicals, this group of swallowtails is sometimes called the poison feeders.
The pink rose’s pupa has a unique shape that looks something like a cicada exoskeleton.
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I know this kind of butterflies! are very difficult to photograph, they are never quiet! good job, a picture worth the difficulty of these species. Obviously, the light and approach have been excellent, I like the result of flash on the flower and enhancement that this generates in the butterfly.
A very tiny fault MF! ... "Next time do not cut any part of the flower (left side )".... ;-)
Greetings, thank you very much for sharing. Jesus
- [2010-04-30 18:41]
A gorgeous butterfly and captured with wonderful detail. The flash really helped to bring out the colors and to show the texture and detail in those beautiful black wings. Very good DOF and exposure. Your Canon 7D is working well for you!!