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Male Cairns Birdwing

Male Cairns Birdwing
Photo Information
Copyright: brenda stevens (drchoneydew) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 38 N: 475] (3501)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: FinePix HS20EXR
Exposure: f/3.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-03-10 12:57
Viewed: 2568
Points: 34
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This beauty was a challenge to capture and another gorgeous male is caught! Even with a higher shutter speed i was unable to capture a "non blurry" shot, the one achieved will be put in my workshop. Next visit my goal is to achieve a full frontal!

Males have a predominately black upper wing with emerald green flashes, however the female lacks the green coloring, having a plain black upper wing with white patches. (Ornithoptera priamus) This butterfly is also referred to as the Cairns Birdwing. It is the largest species of butterfly found in Australia, where the female has a wingspan of 20cm.

The female is able to locate the correct plants using chemical receptors in her forelegs to 'taste' various leaves. She also uses sense organs at the end of her abdomen to find tender leaves that would be suitable for caterpillar food.

The leaves of the Aristolochia vines are poisonous. To many other caterpillars these toxins would be deadly, but the birdwing not only able to eat these leaves but also use them for their own protection.

The caterpillars are able to store the toxins in fleshy orange-red spines one their backs and these act as protection from birds. n nature bright colors such as orange, red and yellow sometimes act as warnings to other animals letting them know they are either dangerous or inedible. Should a bird ignore the warning colors of the birdwing caterpillar, it is unlikely to make the same mistake again.

This beauty was caught during my visit @ Butterfly World

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Ciao Brenda, fascinating butterfly with fantastic colors, splendid light, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hi Brenda,
This is an awesome shot! Fabulous PoV and crystal clear details,

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2012-03-10 14:13]

Hi Brenda, my neighbor today
incredible colors here with nice colors and perfect exposure despite difficult situation with part of the sky in bg
well done!

Lovely capture Brenda. What a beautiful coloured butterfly.
We have nothing like these occurring naturally in New Zealand.
In fact, I only see a few butterflies each year, usually Cabbage Whites or Admirals. You are so lucky to have these.

Hi Brenda
Magnificent butterfly
Excellent photo

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-03-10 17:02]
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Hello Brenda,
Wow!! Talk about a rainbow of colors, this little guy looks like something my grandkids would paint!! White balance looks perfect and the detail is great. I find it interesting that it seems to have such a large abdomen, maybe it just emerged recently from it's pupa.

Hello Brenda,

Hope you are well. I am sorry for staying away for far too long from your photos and wondrous critiques(I was terribly busy besides our timings do not match... no excuse) I respect you greatly for who you are: a kind and caring lady. As they say:'It is never too late', so here I am thanking you for your comments first and all praise for this marvellous photo of an incredibly colourful butterfly.You have captured it successfully in difficult back light dear with fine focus. Thanks a lot for sharing a wonderful photo.....take care....warmest regards/Abid

Ish .....what a wide range of colors here, Brenda ... the perfect pattern for a long scenic gypsy dress to celebrate the early spring!!!. WOW! Another step forward in your interesting gallery !
George Veltchev

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2012-03-10 23:18]

beautiful presentation of craines birdwing butterfly. i am seeing this species for the first time.. this is a beautiful butterfly. tfs.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-03-10 23:51]

Hello Brenda.
Beautiful butterfly. Excellent photo too. Good composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-11 0:46]

Hello Brenda,
Very nice photo of this beautiful butterfly, which I've only seen in butterfly houses.
What a beauty! Great clear photo.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2012-03-11 3:44]

Hi Brenda,

Very unusual pov for a beauty like this. I love the colors and the sharpness. You show us fine butterfldetails.


Hi Brenda,
beautiful colours. Just amazing! Excellent composition. Great sharpness and details.
Have a nice Sunday,

This is a prize shot, Brenda.
Beautiful colors on the wings of this large specimen.
Despite busy BG, the butterfly stands out sharply.

very beautiful image with great color performance!
regards Brenda

Hi Brenda
Beautiful butterfly,great capture,good details and very nice colours.

Hallo Brenda
What can I say more than what my predecesors have not said as yet? This is just so beautiful, and I am just wondering if we really appreciate everything in nature that is given to us so generously free of charge, like this beauty you share with us today? It is a gorgeous insect. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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