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Brown Clipper

Brown Clipper
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies Chapter2, Butterflies of New Zealand, Beautiful Butterflies Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-14 4:33
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Points: 46
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Parthenos sylvia philippenis – The Brown Clipper
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Country: Malaysia and the Philippines

This is the Brown Clipper I saw at Butterfly Creek. These butterflies come in many colour variations. Those from the Philippines are brown and cream in coloration. In comparison, the butterflies from Malaysia are a bright blue or green colour. They have a wingspan of 6-8 cm

Aas you can see this one is brown and cream. They can also be bluish, green, yellow or orange and are still considered the same species, though the species from Malaysia is called a subspecies; Parthenos Sylvia lilacinus. The larvae of this butterfly feed on two different plants in the family Passifloraceae, Modecca sp. and Adenia palmata. The translucent white forewing patches and dark markings are characteristic. It also has a distinctive black and orange striped abdomen.

This magnificent butterfly has a rapid gliding flight and usually settles with it wings opened. It is very approachable and is one of the easiest butterflies to photograph in Butterfly Parks.

Usually they dwell in forests, where they fly under the crowns of trees. Sometime the butterflies gather in great amounts on damp riverside sand. Their flight is strong, they can glide long distances with characteristically spread wings – forward and down. They warm themselves in sunlight sitting on branches at the height of 3-10 meters above the earth.


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-14 4:55]

Hello Janice,

This is beautiful! The details are really sharp, composition is excellent and the colors are great. I can even see the white stains on the leaf. Well done & TFS!


It a very nice trying Janice,
It is a very differcult specie to photograph. I have done it also before. Very nice trying, It is in pov, and it is good job you did.
gr. Jaap

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-05-14 5:19]

Janice - this is one of most beautifull butterflies I ever saw! Excellent composition, details, quality. Patterns on its wings are incredible! I like broken antennae also :-)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-14 5:21]

Belle et intéressante composition macro-photographique bien réalisée pour ce papillon à l'antenne droite cassé. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Well Done !!!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-14 5:39]

A lovely butterfly and very well captured too.
Very good composition and nice detail.
Good work,very well done.

Nice shot Janice. Very good POV. Tack sharp. Very good light giving excellent detail. Nice work. Thanks

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-14 5:52]

Hello Janice!
Wonderful butterfly close up.Colors,contrast,lighting,framing and composition are perfect.TFS....:-)

Hello Janice!
Superb macro photo.Colors,details and lighting on butterfly are excellent.I liked the composition very much.Thanks for sharing.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-05-14 7:48]

Great captured Janice, it is beautiful... nice colours contrast, DOF, sharpness and details, great work. Thanks for sharing. :-)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-05-14 9:27]

That's a beauty, Janice. Great details, POV and composition. Gorgeous colors and patterns on the butterfly. TFS. : )

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-05-14 10:22]

Superb shot Janice. hadowy green of the leaf makes an excellent background to the butterfly.
Very nice composition with fine details and great colors.
Very well done.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-05-14 12:14]

Excelent shot and well done on the details and composition.


Hello Jancie,

very nice details.
I think a little more cropping and focus on the sharp corner would make this very good shot even better.
Nevertheless - thanks!


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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-05-14 15:52]

Hi Janice!
Excellent shot. Beautiful colours of butterfly. I get to favorites. Well done.

Even though its a captive shot, its pretty good. Good composition and contrasting colours.

Very good capture of your Brown clipper Janice, very nice compo and details. I see what you mean about the broken feeler, good work.

Very nice picture, Janice.
Great colours, well composed, good details and nice POV.
Very well done.

Very nice work, Jancie. It is beautiful and cute with the antena detail. Great contrast, details and pleasant green tones. Only the antena scapes slightly out of DOF, but not serious. TFS.

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  • Pedda Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 1 N: 247] (1287)
  • [2005-05-23 12:12]

Hi Janice,

What a beautiful butterfly picture. Great details, sharpness and colours.

Well captured.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2005-05-25 14:56]

I like the pattern in the wings of this butterfly and the colors are really peaceful.Also the different colors green are wonderful and fit to the bird.
Nice capture.
My compliments.


What a lovely butterfly.Wonderful colors,sharpness.TFS Emin

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-10-15 5:23]

The more we see, the more we like!
Very good photo!
Great details and sharpness!
5* photo!

exelent colours,janice
the compositions is exellent,too
well done
bye Toba

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