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Pupa of Papilio machaon

Pupa of Papilio machaon
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Copyright: Paulo Henrique Lopes Rodrigues (phlr) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix 6900 Zoom, Fujinon 6x zoom, Digital
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-15 7:53
Viewed: 6206
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the brown variety of the pupa of Papilio machaon.
This specie has two different colours of pupa: green with yellow dots on the back side and brown.
The difference of colours is about the environment where the caterpillar lives.
This pupa is stand on a branch of Sweet fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) one of its food plants.

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Nice sharp detail Paulo,
Excellent DOF, natural colors and exposure.
Well done and Thank You!

Hello Paulo, excllent details, BG, POV, DOF, colors are excllent Great JOb, TFS Kyle

Hi Paulo,
very nice picture with great DOF and good details.
The POV and composition are also good.
Well done.

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-06-15 9:05]
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Hi Paulo,
Nice sharp details and excellent colours. Again thankyou for a very comprehensive note.

Hello Paulo.
I can see you are still fightinh with your cam.
You got very fine details although your problem of a very interesting subject.
the "belt" id clearly seen, good work, my friend.

Hello Paulo!
Very interesting subject! I appreciate these shots that shows the details of an insect's lifes! Very interesting and informative! Look at that secure silk or something else! Great pov that show the secure rope! Details, focusing, framing all are spot on! and Very interesting bg like capillary! Very good note also! Thank you and best regards!

btw, this is a fresh photo! I'm really happy to see it! :-)

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-06-15 12:35]
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Hallo Paulo,
I'm particularly interested in butterfly life cycles, so I very welcome this nice picture of a tightly attached machaon pupa. Immature stages are in most cases not so pretty as their adults, although sometimes it is vice-versa, but I hope that more of such pictures will be posted to TrekNature.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-06-15 12:49]
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Great picture of this Papilio pupa. Sharp with good details.


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-06-15 14:49]
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Hi Paulo,

A very detailed picture of this pupa,well done and TFS as well for the interesting note


Very good composition, POV, DOF and colour.

Hi Paulo
Wonderful shot and composition.
The pupa inside the natural environment
Clear photo with details and useful note

Buena toma demostrativa de una pupa cingulada por las hebras de seda que la sostienen la documente en una da Battus polydamas.

Hi Paulo!
Another great shot from Portugal ;-D
Perfect colours and composition. Nice sharpness. Thanks


Hi Paulo,
A superb macro shot on this pupa. Spot on exposure has rendered beautiful colors and tack shap detail. It is clearly showing how it is tied down, Great notes.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-06-16 8:37]
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Bonjour Paulo, bonne composition et belles couleurs dans cette photo montant la crisalide du Machaon et son fil d'ariane!! Félicitations, Didier.

Hello Paulo,
Very good shot! There's not much pictures of pupae on TN so it's good to see this post.
The composition seem to be a little too cnetered but apart from that it's a great shot. I especially like the BG and colours.

Excellent capture of the pupae stage the details are super fantastic with an excellent exposure. Very nice. :)

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-06-17 13:34]
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Hello Paulo,
An interesting and detailed shot of this pupa.
Excellent exposure,sharpness and a great POV.
Very good DOF too.
Nice work.


Hi Paulo!
very interesting this macro...looks like a piece of wood and it´s alive!
sorry my ignorance but is pupa the same of "crisalid"?
your photos are really artistic and creative and also a natural history lesson!

hi Paulo,

i have raised a lot of times this species.
but never found outside any wild pupa.

very nice image. TFS,

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  • mishe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 3] (1076)
  • [2006-06-20 4:48]
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Ola Paulo!
Very intersting foto.Excellent work.
Parabens and thanks,

Wow again, Paulo,
so impressive moment, I never saw such a pupa, I wished I could watch the birth of this butterfly. Thank you so much, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi paulo, this is an amazing shot ! I have never seen this before, only caterpillars and adult butterflies, very interesting. Wonderful details and colors, excellent exposure, DOF and BG. Well done, and thanks for sharing !

great shot with nice colours, note and composition!
Great macro with good details!

Hi Paulo,
this swallowtail pupa is surprisingly well hidden in vegetation, and you present it very clear and sharp with all the fine hues of colours of the insect and its background where it seems to disappear. Very impressive document!
With thanks, and best regards,

Hola Paulo,
excelente toma de la crisálida de la maravillosa Papilo macaón, o mariposón limonero como le decimos por esta zona. Los detalles captirados son muy buenos, además me llamó mucho la atención esos hilos blancos que la amarran.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-06-24 14:50]

Hi Paulo,
Excellent photo of Pupa.
I like your pov,dof,focus,sharpness,colors,bg,framing,lighting and note.Well Done.TFS

What a wonderful capture! The detail and exposure are great! Thanks for sharing an often overlooked part of a butterfly/moth's life!


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