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Common Mormon

Common Mormon
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Copyright: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/4, 1/150 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies By pankaj Bajpai, Butterflies of India, Butterfly Encyclopedia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-14 12:17
Viewed: 4714
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Common Mormon is one of the "Swallowtail" papilionidae species which can be found in the forests as well as in cultivated urban areas.

The food plants of the caterpillar are mainly the common Lime Plant and the Indian Curry Leaf Plant (Murraya koenigii).

The female of the species is dimorphic, and the one pictured here, f-polytes, is a good mimic of the Common Rose.

As the Common Mormon is not impalatable to birds, the female mimics the poisonous Common Rose for protection from its predators.

angybone, Alex99, dew77, Pentaxfriend, jcoowanitwong, ramthakur, haraprasan, ridvan, eqshannon, Maite, Ken52, volkan, izler, vanderschelden, bobair has marked this note useful
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Hi Pankaj
A black beauty in a misty forest. Very good sharpnes Beautiful presentation
Best wishes

Hi pankaj,
This is a very good picture with superb details. I like it

Nice clearly defined subject...lovely wingspread. Great composition. Good DOF.

bonjour pankaj
beau specimen,net et bien exposé.
la profondeur est bonne.
rien de plus a dire que bravo.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-14 13:12]

Hi Pankaj.
What a perfect and difficult for exposure specimen of the Mormon butterfly. Its reproduction is simply great. Amazing sharpness and details of the insect, perfect reflection of its color palette and very nice colorful surroundings. My compliments and best regards.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-14 13:49]

Hello Pankaj,
Beautiful close up of this common mormon.Details on black wings are great.Well exposed and composed.Excellent work!

Hi pankaj,

Excellent shot
Lovely compo with Superb sharpness and perfect details

TFS Thijs

Hi Pankaj, splendid butterfly with wonderful colors, great details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Namaste Pankaj,
you captured such a noble and wonderful butterfly. Must be impressive to see them free in nature. I have to go to a butterfly-house to see them. Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Pankaj,

Another super macro shot. The detail is incredible. Very well done.


Hello Pankaj,
Nice shot in this open wing position. Sharp and well exposed image. Nice blurred background. Very well done.

Mormon is a spectacular big butterfly, Pankaj, though I have yet to see one with my own eyes.
Maybe I might have, but then I did not have the real "eyes" before I joined TN :-).
This is a wonderful capture from your past collection. The image is very sharp with impressive DOF.
Well done and TFS.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-06-15 10:11]

Hi Pankaj,

Great picture of this butterfly.
Great color, lighting and sharpnes.


Hi Pankaj,
An excellent capture. POV is very good. The Butterfly is also very beautiful. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-15 12:10]

selam pankaj; wow really excellent macro shot of this butterfly , very good details presented ,nice BG and POV well captured with nice colours TFS

Being from an area of the US where the use of a combination of words "Common Mormon" would indicate people:-)..... In no way am I jesting here, when I say that the tile drew me into the picture....Now you have given me reason to study as to why or the etymology or origin of this name for a well focused and captured butterfly.

Bob Pacific NW Wilderness

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-15 14:54]

Hello Pankaj

That is a beauty!

Awesome sharp detail with excellent detail.The focus is spot on.Wonderful DOF and POV.The colours are deep and well saturated.TFS


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-15 17:29]

Hola amigo,
preciosa mariposa,
bellos detalles y excelente color y pov,
magnífica presentación.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-16 5:53]

Pankaj, Beautiful and with the wings position it is beautiful. All in the photo is superb. Ganesh PT{}{}

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-16 10:14]

Very good job managing the exposure to get good light on this dark butterfly. Excellent details and entire butterfly is in perfect focus.

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-06-16 11:37]

Hi Pankaj,
Wonderful butterfly capture.
The colors are so vivid.Details,sgarpness and surrounding are marvellous.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-06-16 17:40]

hello pankaj
another beautiful and interesting butterfly from your fantastic country
well close-up working on this marvellous butterfly
i like composition, point of view, colours, sharpness and details
thanks for sharing

Hi Pankaj,
Nice sharp butterfly with beautiful light.
Good detail in the blacks...

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-06-17 13:25]

Absolutly superb!!
A marvellous shot and most beautiful composition. Not easy with this kind of butterflies, I think.
Congratulations and best wishes

Hi Pankaj,
what an elegant looking butterfly dressed in black with wonderful contrasting wing spots,a greatly detailed capture and a nice addition to TN. Tfs. Bob

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