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Newly born
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Copyright: Willem Botha (whjb) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 26 N: 172] (683)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Macro 1:1, 55mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of the African continent. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-22 14:09
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Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Papilio bromius, also called Broad Green-Banded Swallowtail is a simple butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1845 by Doubleday. With a wingspan of 10.0 – 11.0 cm the Broad Green-Banded Swallowtail is a big member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The butterfly is black with a broad, green band. Hind wings have no tails.

The forewings are black. At the margine there is a chain of very small green spots. In the middle of wing there is a broad green band. In the pinion there is an isolated green spot.
The underside is brown. The veins are dark. In back there are some little white spots.

The hind wings are black and have no tails. The margine is ridged. At the margine there is a chains of green spots. There is a very broad green band on wing. The underside is brown. At the margine there is a chain of golden spots.

The body is black, but the underside is brown.

Sex differences: The female is darker than male.

The Green Spotted Swallowtail (Papilio bromius) is a butterfly of the Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The distribution extend from Senegal to Somalia and from Somalia to Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

I took this photo at the Jabulani Butterfly Garden, Henley-on-Klip, South Africa. My wife and I spent hours here taking photos. It was so relaxing and a very worthwhile trip.

The butterfly was still waiting for its wings to fully extend after coming out of the pupi.

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Hi Willem,
Excellent post of this butterfly!
You got wonderful and razorsharp details.
We can enjoy a lot the structure, texture and colors of the wings.
The pose of the insect and the way it's hanging of the branch is so good!
You got a great background thanks to the DOF used.
Congratulations, thanks for share and best regards,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-01-22 14:43]

Hello Willem,
African butterflies are under-represented at TN. So, I welcome this well-focused and sharp presentation of Papilio bromius and its empty chrysalis attached to the plant. I hope, you have another picture of the swallowtail with the wings opened!?
Best wishes, Peter

Vewry nice shot!

Hi, Willem.
Very nice macro. Excellent exposure, details and sharpness. Like also composition and POV. Lovely colors and very good clean background.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-22 16:09]

Hi Wilhem

This is truely a remarcable shot!
Not only did you managed to capture such a beauty with the sharpnest details possible and in a great composition, but your timing is excellnt, showing his stretching its superb wings for the first time.
The colors are also charming as well as the contrast between the butterfly and the BG.
I also like the soft light very much - no over/under exposed patches anywhere.
The POV is great and the DOF is simply impeccable, too.
Terrific work!
Bravo and TFS

Hello Willem!
Very interesting picture! Not only because of good composition, nice POV and DOF, but - for me "especially" - because of documentation of an interesting moment of butterfly's life.
Best regards,

A beautiful moment in nature and what a specimen.
You must have observed this butterfly for ages to get an idea of when it might give you this moment in time.
It's so sharp it's nearly 3D especially with that smooth background.

Congratulations and TFS


Hi Willem,
It is amazing to watch their wings slowly unfold and dry out. Great macro shot, The scene is very well composed and framed. Nice sharp detail, and well seperatedrome the nice OOF backround.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-01-23 1:09]

Hello Willem, that´s a very nice capture. Excellent colours and very good sharp details. Composition and POV/DoF are great also. Very well done.

Hi Willem,
Excellant capture of new born (correct me if I am wrong) butterfly. Well maintained exposure. Great details and very warm colors. somewhat scepia effect. I liked that.


Hi Willem,
Wonderful timing you've captured here.
Point of view,colors and background are amazing.
Nice job.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-01-23 8:34]

Hi Willem,
Great shot, Willem. Excellent composition, the most beautiful colour-combination and a special moment in the butterfly's life are depicted here.Bravo.
Best regards

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-23 8:43]

Bella y delicada macro Willem, con una composición maravillosa a partir de la inclusión no sólo de la mariposa sino también de la rama y la hoja marchita.
Me gusta mucho la iluminación de la escena con gran foco que brindan agudeza y definición a la misma, realzados por la perfecta difusión del fondo.
Gracias y saludos... Ricardo

Beautiful and delicate macro Willem, with a wonderful composition starting from the inclusion not only of the butterfly but also of the branch and the withered leaf.
I like a lot the illumination of the scene with great focus that they offer sharpness and clearness to the same one, enhanced by the perfect diffusion of the bottom.
Thank you and greetings... Ricardo

perfect capture, TFS Ori

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