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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies with minimum 50 points & above, Pankaj Bajpai's Favourite, Dedications at TrekNature Part Two, jmp *2, Butterflies of India [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-13 8:32
Viewed: 4369
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I must have disturbed it as I walked into my small butterfly garden, it sprang up from nowhere and sat on this branch at a distance. It was drizzling and probably it was avoiding getting wet. Consequently it presented an opportunity for me to click away gleefully. Shot taken hand held in wet conditions and in poor light conditions. I dedicate this photo to Pankaj Bajpai, this being one of his favourite butterflies.

The Common Lime or the Lemon Butterfly (Papilio demoleus) is a common and widespread Swallowtail butterfly. It gets its name from its host plants which are usually citrus species such as the lime. It is also sometimes called the Chequered Swallowtail. Unlike most swallowtail butterflies it does not have a prominent tail.

Wingspan 80-90mm. A large tailless swallowtail that is mostly creamy yellow and black. Sexes alike. In freshly emerged specimens, the cream yellow is almost fluorescent, but this lovely brightness gradually changes into a dull rusty orange with age.

It is widely distributed except in the highest hills. Individuals are seen throughout the year but their populations peak before the onset of the heavy monsoon rains. It is a butterfly of the open spaces and prefers full sun to partial shade. It is found wherever its larval host plant, citrus, grows. It is not a butterfly of the high canopy and is more likely to be seen on low bushes and shrubs. It flies very fast around noon, being somewhat sluggish in the early morning hours. The male frequently settles on wet soil, often keeping his wings in motion, ready to fly away if disturbed. Both sexes visit flowers with delight where they will spend a few fleeting seconds before moving on to the next flower. While feeding, they keep their wings in rapid motion, only occasionally keeping them still, particularly the older specimens that are probably tired and weary. They rarely visit Eupatorium odoratum, which is popular with many other species of swallowtails.

Scientific classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Subfamily: Papilioninae
Genus: Papilio
Species: P. demoleus

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Hello Sumon,
Another superb butterfly captured of yours!!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and much details involved here
just beautiful indeed
thanks for sharing
friend Tony

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-13 9:01]

Hi Sumon

Another lovely posting. The POV and DOF are excellent and demonstrate this butterfly very well.


Hi Sumon Da,
An excellent capture even if it was raining and low light conditions. The composition is very nice and the subject is sharp and crisp. Very beautiful. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Mana,
Super clarity in this fantastic shot of a beautiful subject, the DOF was well chosen and really punches it out from the background. Very well done. :)

Another incredible capture of one of India's awesome butterflies Sumon!
Superb all the way around.
The DSCH2 serves you well.
Very well done.

Hi Sumon,
you have captured and beautiful buttefly, the colors and pattern are wonderful.
Good sharpnessm fine details, very good compo and POV.
well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-13 9:23]

Hello Sumon,
Brilliant capture of this beautifuly butterfly very sharply in focus. Great details and lovely colours that stand out from the dark background. A very fine composition!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Sumon
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Great details,composition and BG,
Fantastic colors and POV,Welldone ,TFS

Good Luck

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-13 10:20]

Hi Sumon.
Excellent shot.You've captured this butterfly in super pose with perfectly sharp details on the entire butterfly.Very good side POV and precise reproductions of patterns on his wing.Against nicely blurred dark BG he looks beautifully.Superb done and well composed picture.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

Hi Sumon, elegant composition with splendid Papilio, great details and wonderful colors, lovely blurry BG, bravo, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Sumon!
Very beauty profile and very sharp picture. I like colours, DOF and composition. Note is also very goos.
TFS and have a nice weekend!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-07-13 13:21]

Hi Sumon,
once again you show what a master you are of these type of shots! Wonderful natural colour, excellent exposure and loads of detail. Very well done.

Hi Sumon,

Excellent shot of this beauty
Compo, sharpness, colours, POV, DOF and BG are SUPERB

TFS Thijs

Hello Sumon,
wonderful butterfly capture
Excellent position
great colours and sharpness

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-13 14:26]

Hi sumon. once again you have a very nice picture of the butterfly. the detail and colours are first class.a nice POV/DOF. very well done TFS.
Nick..have a good weekend

You will make India famous for it's natural life photographers and all will refer to you. Another super picture Sumon.


Hi Sumon

A real beauty! Amazing colors and POV and the exposure is perfect despite the conditions you describe. The DOF is undescribably brilliant as is usually the case in your macros!!


hi mana,

thanks a lot for the dedication, that is indeed so nice of you, you have presented the common lime my favourite butterfly with great asthetic sense.

this picture has amazing details, you have taken this shot in low light while it was raining and you have achived so good results speak volumes about your capabilities as a photographer, the image is very crisp, the wing pattern is displayed very well with the pov, well saturated colours. the green bg is in good contrast with the colourful lime butterfly, nicely composed shot,

well done
tfs & regards

Hello Sumon,
Wonderful pattern and the colourful details are pin sharp!
A well composed presentation, where the soft branch in the back adds to the diagonal...
The insect gives a great pose, and your point of view makes well use of it!
Pablo -

I'm running out of superlatives for your work. Excellent as always - wonderful detail and colors. A beautiful Butterfly! Kudos and Cheers, Klaus

Hi sumon,
superb capture of butterfly,nice composition.great pov and perfect sharpness,very well done

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-14 7:42]

Hi Sumon,

The bad weather did not prevent you from producing another beautiful butterfly closeup. I love the deep rich colors and the lovely wing patterns. Excellent position on the diagonal stem. Wonderful background and as always a beautiful composition.


Wonderful sharpness and great contrasts and colors. Another fabulous capture! Good work!

Such beautiful color and outstanding detail...A very impressive photo...TFS

hi sumon,
this is a wonderful shot. i like the the composition and colors. the details are amazing and the sharpness is very good. actually there will be a slight lemon yellow tint in these species but here it looks white!.
goutham r

selam, Great shot and very good composition nice pov and bg with splendid colours. Well done ! Regards ridvan

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-07-14 10:16]

Outstanding composition, superb colours, perfect details -- a posting to admire!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-14 10:19]

Hi Sumon,
Another wonderful butterfly captured from the best pov, in the best pose with excellent sharpness, natural colours, blurred oof bg and great composition. What a good photo!
TFS, José M.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-07-14 11:37]

Hi Sumon

Stunning butterfly shot. Pin sharp, great POV and nice exposure. Great work taking this shot in the rain



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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-07-14 16:33]

Hello Sumon,
Lovely capture, the butterfly is very sharp and well focused.
Excellent markings, great POV and composition
..Well Done

"I'll Be Back"

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-14 19:13]

Hello Sumon

Wow ,a beautiful shot of this butterfly.The focus and sharpness are top notch.Excellent lighting and wonderful colours.You have captured an excellent pose with wonderful detail in the proboscis and antenna posts.Great work.TFS


Great species and great shot!

bonjour sumon
a voir sa forme et celle de ses antennes je pense que ce beau papillon doit etre de la même famille que le machaon que j'ai deja publier.
ici tout est bon,netteté couleurs details et POV,le BG est egalement bien realisé;

Hi Sumon,
Amazing colors,lovely pose,
Beautiful background and details,
Well done

Hi Sumon,
An excellent capture.


Hello Sumon,

WOW!!! What a fantastic picture of this lovely butterfly! I'm surprise that using a so big aperture (f/3.5 you were able to get both antennas in focus! Colors are wonderful and natural and you mastered perfectly the exposition in order to let us see the different tones of white and black !

And what about the splendid bg complimenting so well the insect!!!

Impressing, my friend!!!



Gran belleza. La composición casi es perfecta. La pose del insecto es muy buena. Los colores quizás demasiado tocados pero el resultado es genial. Saludos.

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