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A western beauty

A western beauty
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/90 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Butterfly Encyclopedia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-10 2:09
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Continuing my weekend in Capertee valley west of Sydney.
The sun was getting low on the horizon and I was heading back to camp when I saw a butterfly I was unfamiliar with. I quickly followed it as it fortunately flew down the track, eventually alighting on a dead flower head; snap, snap then it was off, flying for another 100m before again alighting on another dead flower head and promptly closed its wings. Patiently I crept up and snapped this unknown beauty. Eventually I was satisfied with my shots and wondered if I could coax it into opening its wings. So I disturbed it and naturally, it took off never to be seen again. Oh well better go find out what I’d captured.

Afetr consulting Braby, I found it was a Chequered Swallowtail (Papilio demoleus), which much to my surprise he says is common!!, Well, I’ve never seen it before in all my 30 years of travel round the countryside. It has a wingspan of 75mm and is found in dry arid to semi arid woodland well away from the coastal zone through most of the continent. Within these regions it prefers to fly along creeklines and around wetlands. Food plants are grasses from the genus (Cullen sp.). Several generations annually.
In the workshop see a shot with the wins open.

A little more research prompted by Pankaj led me to discover it also has a wide distribution through the Middle East, India, Sri Lanka, southern china, South-east Asia, New Guinea and the Soloman Islands.

Info: Braby, M.F. 2004 The Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood Australia

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2008-11-10 2:17]

Hello Chris,

This is a fantastic picture. Excellent focus and sharpness. Lighting, POV, DOF, coposition and POV is superb, the colors are just splindid too. TFS.


hello chris,
excellent capture of the common lime butterfly, the image is sharp with good details, the oof bg looks great, well saturated colors and fine composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Chris
Excellent shot , no more comment to add, splendid.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-11-10 3:33]

hi chris,
very beautiful swallowtail captured well, good composition, nice background and colors. tfs.

Hello Chris
A lovely capture of this beauty from the side. Colours of the wings are soft to the eye and very attractive. I like the butterfly’s plumpish body. The weed it is captured on is called “Knapse kêrel” in Afrikaans. Your blurred background highlights the details of the patterns on the wings well. 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)
  • [2008-11-10 3:55]

Hello Chris,
Excellent photo in great sharpness, beautiful natural and well saturated colours also in the BG and a fantastic POV. Good composition and DOF.

it's a beauty Chris,
the capture is good the quality is fine and the dof is exelent, very good photojob, have a nice day.
regard jaap

Hello Chris,

Fantastic close up of this beautiful butterfly.
Sharpness and focus are splendid.
Good light.

Hi Chris,
Great macro and composition again !

A beauty indeed, this swallowtail Chris, in fine exposure and focus which provide a high degree of definition. Your two captures give an excellent idea about the pattern and colouration characteristics of both under- and over-wings. TFS these fine images my friend.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-10 9:14]

Hi Chris.
You have pictured so attractive butterfly and I am impressed with insect's colouration and its reproduction. Scene at whole is fine and BG is terrific too. Bravo and TFS.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-10 9:22]

Hello Chris,

You have made a very good close-up of this butterfly. The image is very sharp showing in great details the pattern of the wings. Moreover texture and structure can also be well observed. You have had a very nice light that you have used well so that colors are saturated and vivid. There are looking very natural. It is a fine contrast between the butterfly and the blurry background.

Thak you for sharing,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-10 11:44]

Superb Chris. Very well composed with lovely softer colours and good detail. Simply and pleasantly framed. Best regards

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-11-10 12:30]

Hello Chris,

Excellent capture of this beautiful butterfly. Good composition. Good focus. Very nice natural colours.

Hi Chris,

Beautifull capture of this "Papilio Demoleus"
Lovely compo and pose
Good POV, DOF and BG
Perfect sharpness

TFS Thijs

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-10 15:27]

Woow Cris,you're lucky to live there and to have a chance to see wonderfuls butterflies like that! Ans you're a great photographer to take that so perfectly,i like a lot the perfection of details and colors,my best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Chris,

nice composion and framing picture.
exelent bg ad sharpness.
beautiful colours with great details.


A real beauty Chris!
Super focus and sharpness, colours are stunning
Well done

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-11 4:08]

Hello Chris, Nice shot and a nice BG. The BG making this picture standing out. Well done ganesh

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-11 5:50]

Hi Chris

A splendid macro here from you, my friend!
You've really managed to bring out the best from the Chequered Swallowtail here, with a spot-on exposure and DOF settings that make those beautiful colors shine so nicely.
I really like the sharpness on it, too, but also the interesting geometrical shapes of the plant it is resting on.
Very well seen and taken!

Bravo and TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-11 6:47]

Hello Chris,
What a beautiful Swallowtail very nicely captured here. The markings and colours are wonderful and I like your POV. A fine background and a beautiful composition.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-11-11 9:15]

Hi Chris
very nice and naturel colors
very good sharp and detail
very well done.

Ciao Chris,
bellissima immagine, eccellenti POV e composizione con la bella posa di questa splendida farfalla catturata con ottima definizione e con fantastici colori, stupendo OOF BG.

hello Chris
amazing beautiful butterfly and its great macro-shot. sharp focus wonderful, but also POV/OOF, lighting and composition wonderful. BG colors and framing great. thanks for sahring, well done friend
be back for pts

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-11 20:21]

Hi Chris,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful Lime butterfly with such superb clarity of details and colours. Great lighting and pose captured with perfect DOF. Simple but attractive.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-13 2:46]

A wnoderful capture of this amazing butterfly.
The composition and parallel POV are great.
Excellent sharpness.
Nice colours.

Very well done,

Ciao Chris, splendid butterfly with fantastic details, wonderful details, superb sharpness, prfect focus and beautiful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2008-11-14 12:15]

Hello Chris,

Great picture of this butterfly using a perfect POV. Nice bg enhancing the insect and I like the fact that the legs and the reeds seems to become a unique entity. Thank you for sharing that Nature's beauty!!!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-23 5:57]

hello Chris,
Very fine and well composed picture showing this beautiful Chequered Swallowtail, which looks quite like our Swallowtails in Europe. You found a wonderful colored background which enhances even the beauty of the butterfly.

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