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Old Fellow

Old Fellow
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Copyright: Jagath Kandambi (jagathcham) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 0 N: 104] (599)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-03
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/3.1, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of the other countries of Asia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-08 0:00
Viewed: 3615
Points: 26
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I found this broken-winged Tailed Jay butterfly during my stay at home last weekend. As I have mentioned in my previous post of the Tailed Jay bfly, they are so busy ones when they are young and healthy.
But, this one had broken wings and even the colours of them were faded away. It may have caught in a rain. It was there for me to shoot few shots. I hope you would like this shot though the fellow is not the complete demonstration for the butterfly.

For your ease I will post the previous note again.

Tailed Jay -- (Graphium agememnon menides)

The colors of the Tailed Jay blend it well into its surroundings, and in flight, it is quite difficult to discern its markings or even follow its path. On warm bright days it is hard to get a good look at this very fast, lively, non-stop butterfly. It exploits all levels of the forest canopy but prefers to stay in and around canopy blooms. Here, it flies about a great deal, the narrow pointy wings and powerful thoracic muscles providing this insect with great speed, maneuverability and endurance, a set of characteristics shared by all members of the genus Graphium. Its flight is somewhat bouncy and as it descends from its power stroke, it holds its wings in a characteristic 'V' shaped position.

Although the Tailed Jay spends much of its time in the canopy, it frequently comes down to nectar on small trees, bushes and shrubs, Lanata being one of its favorites. Unlike the Lime Butterfly, it stays away from flowers near the ground. While nectaring, its wings vibrate very rapidly over a small acute angle, allowing it to move at 'lightning' speed to the next flower a few inches away. It certainly has superb visual, olfactory and gustatory co-ordination to feed and move so quickly from flower to flower. The Tailed Jay and the Common Blue Bottle are the fastest nectar feeders of the butterflies of Sri Lanka - no other butterfly seems as fast or as hurried as these two - perhaps a good strategy to avoid predators. The males of this species, unlike others in the group, do not visit wet soil or sand. At night, it rests on a leaf with its wings folded up above its abdomen, the forewings slightly pulled inside the hind wings, making it look smaller than it really is.

Wingspan 70-80 mm. The female has much longer tails and a distinct greenish white streak on the lower margin of the hind wing. This streak is visible on both sides of the hind wing if examined in hand. In flight, it is difficult to distinguish between the sexes.

The ground colour of the upperside of both sexes is black, and is studded with pale green spots that are a fluorescent green in freshly emerged specimens. The underside is mottled with green, brown, purple and gray.


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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2005-07-08 1:13]

Nice Capture Jagath.I like the amazing colors of this butterfly,POV and nice background work.TFS

Great shot Jagath,
Well composed, good detail, colours and DOF. Focus is a touch soft for me. Nicely captured, thanks for posting.
Have a good weekend

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  • sam224 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 117 W: 0 N: 75] (305)
  • [2005-07-08 3:45]
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Nice shot Jagath. Very good colours and perspective. Maybe a bit more of sharpness would be useful. But very good job. Well done!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-07-08 3:48]

A nice and colourful capture Jagath,
Excellent composition and great DOF.
Nice work,well done.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-08 4:54]

Hi Jagath, good shot of the once pretty and healthy b'fly on the green leaves. Good composition and colours, a little soft, but nicely presented. Well done.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-07-08 4:55]

Very interesting photo. Nice composition and colors.

hello:) I have one butterfly:D but I dont know ID:D I will put it :) if u help me:) another great compo:) exellent dof and pof:) well done

Have a nice weekend:)

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-07-09 3:05]

Hello Jagath, belle composition et des couleurs trés lumineuses dans les verts pour mettre en valeur ce vieux papillon !! TFS Didier.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-09 3:49]

Beautiful and interesting shot for this superb butterfly ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are very good ! Thanks for sharing Jagath.

Hi Jagath, very good shot. Great POV and very good details. Good visual impact. TFS.

Nice macro, Jagath.
The butterfly is not in the best shape, but your picture are good. Nice POV, well composed and good colours.
Well done.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-08-12 10:36]

Beautiful shot,liked contrast of green&fly colours.Good capture.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-10-19 16:20]

Very beautiful butterfly!
It seams to be a bigger one.
Very good colors!

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