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Crimson Rose

Crimson Rose
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Copyright: Arjun Haarith (Arjun) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, AF Nikkor 28-105 Macro
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-07-25 9:46
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Crimson Rose Atrophaneura hector is a large swallowtail butterfly belonging to the subgenus Pachliopta (Roses) of the Red-bodied Swallowtails (genus Atrophaneura).

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Subfamily: Papilioninae
Genus: Atrophaneura
Subgenus: (Pachliopta)
Species: A. (P.) hector
Binomial name
Atrophaneura (Pachliopta) hecto

Male Upperside black. Fore wing with a broad white interrupted band from the subcostal nervure opposite the origin of veins 10 and 11, extended obliquely to the tornus, and a second short pre-apical similar band; both bands composed of detached irregularly indented broad streaks in the interspaces. Hind wing with a diseal posteriorly strongly curved series of seven crimson spots followed by a subterminal series of crimson lunules. Cilia black alternated with white. Underside: fore whig dull brownish black, hind wing black; markings as on the npporsido, but the crimson spots and crescentic markings on the hind wing larger. Antennae, thorax and abdomen abovo at base, black; head and rest of the abdomen bright crimson; beneath: iho palpi, the sides of the thorax and abdomen crimson.

Female. Similar, the discal series of spots and subterminal lunules much duller, pale crimson irrorated with black scales ; in some specimens the anterior spots and lunules almost white barely tinged with crimson; abdomen above with the black colour extended further towards the apex.

It is a very striking looking tailed butterfly with prominent white bands on its forewings. Like the Common Rose, this butterfly is also very interesting for the amateur naturalist to observe. The Crimson Rose is very fond of flowers especially Lantana. Nectar appears to be essential for the butterfly and a higher nectar intake is thought to increase egg production.

Close to the ground, the flight of the Crimson Rose is slow and fluttering but steady. At greater heights, it flies faster and stronger. It basks with its wings wings spread flat, sometimes in small congregations at heights of 10 to 15 metres up in the trees.

The butterfly often roosts for the night in large companies on the twigs and branches of trees and shrubs, sometimes accompanied by a few Common Mormons. When resting the butterfly draws its forewings halfway between the hindwings. The butterfly sleeps on slanting outstretched branches or twigs of trees or bushes.

The most striking aspect aspect of the butterflies behaviour is its strong migratory tendencies. During the peak of its season, several thousands of Crimson Roses can be found congregating and then they begin migrating to other areas.

In the Entomologist's Monthly Magazine, 1880, p. 276, Mr. R. S. Eaton notes that in Bombay this butterfly roosted in great numbers together, however Bingham notes that in the Western Ghats between Vengurla and Belgaum, where the butterfly occurred in some numbers and had the habit of roosting in company on twigs of some thorny shrub, but never saw more than a score or so together

Source : Wikipedia.

I shot this beautiful butterfly at Lalbagh. It had just emerged and was drying its wings.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-07-25 9:51]

Hola Arjun.
Wow. Beautiful, so fragile. You did an excellent and fine work here Arjun.
Very sharp and focus. Love his colors. The off BG is also nice.

hello Arjun
great sharpness composition with good dtails and beautiful colours
greeting lou

wow arjun grt snap, with sharp details and natural colours. the image is very fine congrats, and regards.

amazing close up, TFS Ori

Crimson is quite correct in my book..what a glorious sight and captured in such fine detail. Your notes are exceedingly well done..also you have done VERY well with the black parts of this one!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-25 10:44]

Hi Arjun. This is such a beautifil looking butterfly which you have takenwith fine detail and sharp focusing. I like the rich colours . A fine eye level POV and DOF against the plain BG. well done TFS.

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  • shree Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 49 W: 13 N: 71] (276)
  • [2009-07-25 10:44]

Amazing macro, Arjun! What lovely colours and details....Just capture one's attention...
The great colours are complemented with a very nice background and a perfect composition.
Thanks so much for sharing...

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-25 11:14]

Hello Arjun,
A superb capture of a perfect specimen of the Crimson Rose Swallowtail butterfly, taken from a fine POV to shows its closed wings with excellent sharpness and colours aagsinst a pleasing neutral BG.
Thanks for sharing this great portrait of this species,
All the best,

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-07-25 12:42]

Hello Arjun,
You have beautiful exotic butterflies. This have uncommon pattern and colours, surface of the wings is glossy. On light BG look out splendidly.
Regards, Pawel

  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2009-07-25 12:46]

wow. what an incredible species. also the picture is very nice made (the stick is a little bit overexposed)


Hello Arjun,

This a beautiful capture with vivid colors, sharpness & fine details. Well done & TFS.



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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2009-07-25 14:34]

wow, what a beautiful butterfly, the red and black is fantastic! :-) excellent capture with perfect sharpness and wonderful
colors. the terrific blurred green background and the great composition let it appear almost 3-dimensional.
superb job & best wishes, thor.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-07-25 22:56]

Hello Arjun,
This is one pretty butterfly.
The color contrast of the red and black is stunning.
A perfect profile pose with sharp details.
Excellent DOF.
TFS. : )

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-26 0:50]

Hello Arjun,
Very beautiful photo of this butterfly. The colours are splendid with a very nice contrasting OOF BG. Excellent sharpness and a great composition, POV and DOF.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-07-26 2:15]

Hello Arjun,
Bravo for this perfect shot of this beautiful specimen of Crismon Rose butterfly. Everything here is so beautiful, composition, colors, light and subject.
Well done really
Thanks and kind regards

Hello Arjun
Wonderful butterfly with beautiful colors and shape
great presentation with a lot of fine details, great contrast with blurred BG
Very well done Jacqueline

Hello Arjun,
Congratulations for this beautiful capture, with perfect light, composition and sharpness.

hello Arjun!
perfect composed
excellent definition
great capture

best sERGIO

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-07-26 14:24]

Hi Arjun,this is a great gift to a butterflies lover like me! What a fantastic and beautiful specie! I never seen nothing like that (obviuosly...ehehe),your pic is a great top quality,sharpness and colors impressives! My best compliments and thanks a lot,have a nice week,Luciano

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-07-27 11:02]

Hola amigo,
perfecto trabajo,
colores y estética sobresaliente.
gran encuadre.
saludos Arjun.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-07-28 17:10]

Hello Arjun

Nice shot with natural colors and details.Excellent composition and exposition, the colors of this butterfly is very different of the others, I've had never have seen one like that.
Well done

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