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Brown Clipper

Brown Clipper
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Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-25 3:43
Viewed: 4204
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Brown Clipper (Parthenos sylvia brown)
- pictured at Maximillian-Park, Hamm, North-Rhine-Westfalia -

Parthenos sylvia was scientifically described in 1775 by Pieter Cramer, a Dutch merchant of Spanish wool with a great interest in butterflies. The common name, clipper, is an allusion to the species’ white wing patches that look like the multiple billowing sails on the mighty sailing trade ships of Cramer's day. The white patches are located on the clipper's forewings and stand out against a background that varies in color. The appearance of this Indo-Australian butterfly fluctuates across its broad geographic distribution. The wings may change in size and be blue, green, orange or brown, but the white patches remain unchanged in all of the 26 subspecies.

The clipper butterfly exhibits various modes of protection from predators during its many stages of life. The lives of larval clippers greatly depend upon their meal choices and they prefer to eat the leaves of passion vines and moonseeds. The brown and black striped caterpillars covered with rows of purple spines absorb some of the poisonous organic substances of the plants to make themselves noxious to predators. The chrysalides, however, try to avoid being seen by predators in the first place and appear green or brown, depending on the subspecies. Closely resembling a folded leaf, a clipper chrysalis is extremely difficult to spot in the forests they prefer to inhabit. Clipper adults are so brightly colored that they are easy to see, but protect themselves through unpredictability. Flying in erratic patterns through the tree canopy, clipper adults are difficult to attack or catch unless they stop to feed or rest.

Once captured, the clipper butterfly is relatively easy to breed and rear in a tropical butterfly enclosure. Sufficient quantities of its preferred larval food plant must be available, however, in order to appease the voracious caterpillars. Clipper butterflies are valued by collectors and wild individuals are marketed alongside cultured specimens from tropical butterfly ranches.

Infos from: http://www.mic-d.com

dew77, honza, red45, christophe, jagathcham, carper, coasties, Janice, electra, marhowie, AndyB, bedford67, phlr, Comandante, TAZ, RAP has marked this note useful
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-25 3:48]

Hello Heinz!
Lovely capture.Vivid colors,contrast,lifgting,POV,cross framing and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-07-25 3:48]

Beautiful butterfly, Heinz. Fantastic POV and composition. Great contrasting colors. Gorgeous hues and patterns on wings. Sharp details and perfect exposure. Well done and TFS. : )

Amazing shot! Colours are juse exciting!

Belle photo Heinz !
Bon contraste entre la fleur rose et le papillon foncé.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-07-25 4:00]

Nice butterfly and photo. Perfect composition and sharpness, beautiful colors.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-25 4:06]

Great one Heinz! Lovely golden colour on its wings, good pose and composition. In contrast to this pink flower it looks great!

Hi Heinz
Great capture, colors, composition and contrast
In a friendly way Christophe

it's not an easy one,
I have try this butterfly before and ity's a differcult specie to photograph, the pov is not 100%, but colours and dof made it nice, vey good job Heinz.
gr. Jaap

Hello Heinz

I posted one of these a while ago. We have a tropical butterfly house out by the Auckland International Airport and I visted there early this year with Janice (Jancie) and Jo(jo8). This shot is well composed. I like the POV showing good detail and clarity. The colours have a nice depth. Good presentaion too. Well done. Thanks.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-25 7:11]

Hi Heinz,

Nice photo! Colors are great, composition is nice and details are sharp, albeit that the left wingtip is slightly oof. Well done & TFS!


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-25 7:16]

A beaut Clipper Heinz. He is nice and sharp, good compo and wonderful colours. And the pink flower brings more attention to the Clipper. Well done, I like it very much.


this is an beautiful picture. I like this. It is very colourful. Sharpness is exellent. Good job and TFS.

Great colors, details and light Heinz! Excellent note, Well done!!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-07-25 8:25]

A nice capture Heinz,
Very good diagonal composition,nice contrasting colours and good DOF.
Great work,well done.


Hi Heinz,
Very nice shot, composition, contrast and colours are perfect. Great work.
TFS, cordially,

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-07-25 9:24]

Very beautiful species of butterfly!
Wonderful photo!
Beautiful colors!
Perfect details!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-07-25 9:41]

I really like this shot. The framing is good and it is well exposed.

Very well done and thanks for posting

Hello Heinz!
Wonderful butterfly close up.Vivid colors,contrast and details are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

Lovely shot Heinz!
Really beautiful species and great photo.
Superb colours and composition.
I like it very much.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-25 13:37]

What a superb butterfly that you have well captured ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are very good ! Thanks for sharing Heinz.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-25 14:41]

Heinz, what a colorful shot - that's very nice.

Great pov and composition.

A very beautiful butterfly; a very nice photo.

Great capture Heinz! Nice colors and composition. Good details too.
Well done!

Great diagonal composition and POV. Good details and sharpness.

Heinz, I loved the series on buterflies in you last posts. Everyone of them worths very much looking at.
I specially like this one, I fing it very well controlled in all aspects, and a rally beautiful composition, both subject and BG. Maybe a slightly bit of noise in the upper left corner, but not serious. A great work.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-07-25 14:22]

Hermosa composición con atinada elección del encuadre y POV.

Beautiful composition with accurate election of frame and POV.

Composition: *****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ****
POV: *****
Note: ****

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