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Papilio peranthus: Thank You Heinz

Papilio peranthus: Thank You Heinz
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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: 2006-08-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM, Digital RAW 400, Marumi UV 58mm
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Photo Version: Original Version
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Date Submitted: 2006-08-28 4:21
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I visited Butterfly Creek Tropical Butterfly House and this beautiful butterfly was busy fluttering around, not stopping very often. I was lucky to quickly get this shot before it was off again. Can anyone give me an ID for this beauty? Thanks for looking

Butterflies Are Unique

Butterflies are a special group of insects that arouses visions of bright color fluttering amidst sun-drenched flowering meadows. Their color emanates from thousands of tiny, shinglelike scales in rows delicately attached by twin stalks to a parchmentlike wing membrane. If you gently rub your finger across a butterfly wing, these stalks break and the scales brush off like dust.

Two types of color arise from the wing-pigmented and structural or iridescent hues. Pigmented colors such as red, orange, yellow and brown come from the actual color pigment of each scale. In contrast, the iridescent, metallic colors such as blue, green, violet, silver and gold are created by minute structures on the scale surface that bend light and reflect it.

To further understand what makes butterflies unique, you might consider the miracle of metamorphosis. The four stages in butterfly metamorphosis are egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa (chrysalis) and adult. In the spirit of the Ugly Duckling, metamorphosis begins when the fertilized egg hatches into a small caterpillar. The caterpillar becomes an undulating eating machine, continually searching for food and appearing to grow larger by the hour. After finally getting its fill or devouring all available food in the area, the caterpillar slowly molts into an inactive, mummy-like stage called the chrysalis. Within this waxy pupal case, the mystical transformation into adulthood occurs. As the chrysalis case splits, the wrinkled-winged adult butterfly emerges. After stretching and drying, the butterfly takes to the air in search of a mate so the cycle can be repeated. The miracle is complete; the ugly caterpillar has become a beautiful airborne ambassador of nature.

The above obtained from http://www.holoweb.com/cannon/butterfl4.htm

Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 10:55 a.m.
Date: 26th August 2006
Weather conditions: Inside Tropical Butterfly House
Lens: Canon 70-300mm DO IS
Filter: Marumi 58mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/100
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 300mm
ISO: 400
Support: Hand Held
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Hello Pam,
this is a Papilio peranthus. Excellent butterfly shot with excellent sharpness, details, natural colours and great lighting. Great POV and composition too. Thank you for posting. Have a great week.

Nice butterfly and nice shot

Hi Pam,
Great macro.Wonderful details, colours and composition.Very well done.


not an easy one to photograph Pam,
but you did do it very good, well taken composition, good details and good point of view.
gr. jaap

Hello Pam,
What a amazing butterfily! Your capture is amazing too. Congratulations my friend, you have done it very very well.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-08-28 7:13]

You are lucky to visit a Tropical Butterfly House, I imagine the pleasure of discovering incredible species. You made a lovely shot for this smart butterfly. Bravo Pam and TFS.

Lovely capture Pam,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
superb colours, lighting and exposure. DOF is spot on and the POV is good.
Well composed and well framed.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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  • samos Gold Star Critiquer [C: 79 W: 4 N: 2] (39)
  • [2006-08-28 12:22]

Hello Pam wonderful work beautiful picture thanks Pam Regards Stavros

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-08-28 14:00]

A Fantastic butterfly Pam , Beauty colours details pov bg compositie very good ,Greetings teunie .

Hi Pam,
that's a wonderful shot of this marvelous and noble butterfly. I love the colours so much, excellent, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

This is an amazing picture of a beautiful and colorful swallowtail butterfly! The composition and POV are great, colors are brilliant and warm and the details are sharp! The neutral BG really makes the subject stand out perfectly! Congratulations and TFS!


Bonsoir Monika
Beau spécimen aux couleurs sobres mais parfaitement exposée. Les détails sont superbes et la netteté excellente.

Merci pour l'envoie...JP

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-28 23:12]

Hi Pam,
I love the colors on this butterfly. Very elegant indeed.
Great shot with perfect POV, sharp details, and good exposure.
TFS. : )

Hello Pam, another great close up!
This butterfly is magnific!
Colors and compo are great.
Good informative note,


Beautiful specimen.

Well chosen composion, great sharpness.

Good DOF and exposure.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-29 15:14]

Beautiful butterfly, I love the colours and light. Lovely details and a nice composition.



opps PT

I have been wondering if I would vote this one ot the following in your gallery, they are both beautiful. At last I made up my mind because of the orininal butterfly and the pleasant monochome green pallete. Regards, Felipe.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2006-09-07 5:40]

what a beautiful creature! great color scheme, amazing details. tfs

Hi Pam,
A well composed closeup with very good detail and natural color..Excellent POV, very good notes with shooting data as well. TNer's take heed! ;)
Very well done.

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