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Beautiful Butterfly

Beautiful Butterfly
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-22 3:58
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Great Mormon

Papilio memnon is a swallowtail butterfly living in the Malay Archipelago and Indonesia. The females come in a variety of morphs. The most common morphs, such as anchanes, mimic natural models which are unpalatable to birds.

The butterfly Papilio memnon provides a good example of linkage disequilibrium:

Unlike the camouflage polymorphism in the peppered moth, each of the different morphs is thought to be controlled by a multi-locus genotype.

The loci in question are so tightly linked that rare recombinants practically never arise - this explains why the different multi-locus genotypes appear, when crossed, to segregate like single locus genotypes. A set of genes so tightly linked that they behave like a single locus has been termed a supergene. However, a sufficiently large number of crosses should be able to break one of the supergenes into different combinations.

In the P. memnon there appear to be at least five loci in the mimicry supergene: T, W, F, E and B.

The five loci control respectively presence or absence of

• tail,

• hindwing patterns,

• forewing pattern,

• epaulette color, and

• body color.

The rare anura morph is thought to be a recombinant between the T- locus and the other four.


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 15:54 p.m.
Date: 17th March 2007
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/100
F-Stop: F/4
Focal Length: 200mm
Support: Hand Held
ISO: 200
Original file type: Digital Raw

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-04-22 4:00]

hi Pam,
fantastique image, un papillon lové au creux d'une feuille, bien vu.
Par ailleurs le crontraste des couleurs joue parfaitement.


Hi Pam,
it's wonderful, this noble beauty is sitting at a beautiful place, this leaf is so pretty.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Pam,
What a stunning photo! Lovely contrasts and superb details. TFS.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-04-22 6:58]

Marvellous capture of this great butterfly, Pam!!
I like very much the composition with the huge curved leaf. Excellent sharpness, DOF, POV, light and natural colors.
A great shot.
Congratulations and TFS.

Hello Pam,
What a delicate and beautiful composition! I like it a lot. This specie is wonderful and it is on a very nice plant. Exposure, details and DOF are just great! Well done and TFS,

Hi PAm,
great shot of a lovely butterfly colours are great and POV is perfect.
Really Well Done,
Nick :-)

Lovely image Pam, the composition is wonderful the leaf adds a lot, the butterfly is nice and sharp. well done rgds Necip.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-22 11:23]

Hello Pam,
What a superb composition in this image, with butterflys we tend to try and zoom in to capture the fine details, this shot is a very refreshing and beautiful look at a butterfly in its' surroundings. Great job Pam, and thanks for sharing.

Hi Pam,
Excellent compo. Subtle image.
A lot of depth in the image through that huge leaf and the blurred background through DOF.

Hello Pam,
This is an artistic presentation of a Mormon butterfly sitting (perching?) on a beautifully veined wide leaf.
The curvature of the leaf gives the impression of a safe haven for the creature.
A fantastic composition in its overall impact.

Hi Pam,
This is fantastic great exposure showing a great stage for your subject the camera settings couldn't be better. Very nicely done. :)

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-04-23 15:34]

Hi Pam, nice photo, good composition and collors, very good sharpness.. have a nice day

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-04-23 17:42]

Hello Pam,
Very beautiful presentation, nice capture of colors and placement of the subject.
The banana leaf really adds some depth but without losing any amount of attention to the memnon.
TFS& Cheers

Hi Pam,
Not only a beautiful butterfly, but also captured in an amazingly beautiful setting. What a find and how stunningly composed. The curly banana leaf draw me straight to the b'fly. The clarity and sharpness of the photo are superb and the overall green photo really helps to bring out the wonderful colors and details of the main subject. Simply an amazing photo.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-24 22:06]

Hello Pam

A beautiful butterfly.The colours are rich and natural.Excellent focus with sharp detail.The DOF and POV are very good.I really like the visible textures.Nicely done.TFS


Hello Pam,
I see you are in a butterfly house. ;-) Great shot, I like it very much. Excellent framing, POV, great lighting, very nice colours and great composition. As usual an excellent note too. Thank you my friend from the sailing nation. (I think NZ will win the Americas Cup with the Fly Emirates)

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