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Great Mormon

Great Mormon
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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: 2010-06-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon 70-200 F4 L USM IS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-06 17:24
Viewed: 4262
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I believe that this is a female Great Mormon (Papilio memnon), native to much of southeast Asia lowlands including India, China, Japan, Thailand, Viet Nam and Malasia. Although typically a lowland species, it sometimes flies to 7000 feet in the Himalayas. It's not considered threatened due to the widespread cultivation of citrus.
The adult is fairly large with a wingspan of 12-15 cm.
There are a large variety of forms, both with and without the characteristic swallow tail. This may be the female alcanor form.
The eggs of the Great Mormon are laid singly on undersides of leaves of the host plant. The egg is a light creamy yellow and nearly spherical with a diameter of about 1.8 mm.
In the first 4 instars, the Great Mormon caterpillars look like bird droppings as they rest on the leaves. The resemblance in the 3rd and 4th instars are stronger with the body also assuming a slimy appearance. As in the case of all Swallowtail butterflies, the Great Mormon caterpillars in all instars possess a fleshy organ called osmeterium. Usually hidden, the osmeterium can be everted to emit a foul-smelling secretion when the caterpillar is threatened.
Taken at Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati.

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Excellent macro! Well focused, very sharp, great details, and nice blurry BG.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-06-06 19:13]

Hello Greg,
You captured a real beauty here in nice soft lighting, which shows off the gorgeous patterns and colors of it's wings. Excellent detail and perfectly exposed. Great job!!

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2010-06-07 5:17]

Hi Greg!
Wonderful this butterfly. I had never see it before. Excellent sharpness and fine details.
Splendid light and blurry B/G.
Ciao! Vanda

Hi Greg,
Beautiful photo of this tropical species, great sharpness and diagonal composition. Lights are awesome, and the whole image is very pleasant to look at. Congrats and tfs.
Best regards, László

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