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Papilio polytes

Papilio polytes
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-09-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-08-08 1:06
Viewed: 960
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Not given to sitting still, this butterfly poses problems while shooting it. Last year at the end of the rainy season, I was able to capture it in a stand-still position for a few seconds only and this is how it looked.

The Common Mormon (Papilio polytes) is a common species of swallowtail butterfly widely distributed across Asia.
This butterfly is known for the mimicry displayed by the numerous forms of its females which mimic inedible red-bodied swallowtails such as the common rose and the crimson rose.


Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, southern and western China including Hainan (Guangdong province), Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan (Ryukyu Islands), Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Andamans, Nicobars, Eastern and Peninsular Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia (except Moluccas and Irian Jaya), Philippines, and Northern Marianas (Saipan).


Very common. Not threatened.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-08-08 1:12]

Hello Ram,
Wonderful macro of this Common Mormon. Superb sharpness, details and splendid clear colours. Beautiful contrast against the blurred background.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-08-08 4:25]

Hello Ram,
a wonderfull macro, a delight to look at,very sharp and detailed ,and a very good BG.
Regards Sigi

Ciao Ram, fantastic butterfly, great macro, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid dharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-08-08 16:08]

Hi Ram,absolutely perfect the DOF to take this black papilio in a great way,fantastic sharpness and nice composition too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello Ram,
This is also a colorful superb butterfly. Excellent capture with splendid details.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2015-08-10 9:26]

Hola Ram, hermosa toma de esta bella mariposa, me gusta mucho la composicií,el entorno natural y el fondo difuminado...saludos...

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