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Paris Peacock (DN)

Paris Peacock (DN)
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Copyright: arun tp (aruntp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-10-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix F 500 EXR
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/75 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-12-25 21:51
Viewed: 1955
Points: 26
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Name : Paris Peacock
Scientific Name : papilio paris

The Paris Peacock, Papilio paris, is a species of swallowtail butterfly found in South Asia.

MaleUpperwings are black and irrorated with dark green scales, which on the outer portion of the forewing coalesce and form an incomplete postdiscal narrow band which is straighter than the similar subterminal band on the forewing of Papilio polyctor.

On the hindwing, the irroration of dark green scales does not extend to the costal margin and is interrupted posteriorly by a broad postdiscal area, on both sides of which the green scales coalesce to form narrow diffuse bands; a conspicuous upper discal shining blue patch occupies the base of interspace 4 and outer portions of interspaces 5 and 6; this patch is variable in size, and in many specimens extends narrowly below and above the interspaces 3 and 7, respectively, its outer margin is uneven, its inner margin evenly arched; a prominent claret-red largely black-centred ocellus at the tornal angle, its inner margin with a transverse short violet-blue superposed line; in many specimens an obscure claret-red subterminal lunule in interspace 7.

Underside opaque black; bases of both fore and hind wings, up to basal half of cell in fore and up to apex of cell in hind wing, with an irroration of yellowish scales; also present more obscurely on the subterminal area in both wings. Fore wing with a very broad elongate triangular pale area that does not extend to the termen, formed of inter-nervular broad very pale ochraceous-white streaks, short near the tornus, gradually longer up to the costa. Hind wing: a prominent subterminal series of ochraceous-red lunules traversed by short violet-blue lines; in interspaces 1,2 and sometimes in 3, these lunules are formed into more or less complete largely black centred ocelli by the addition of an admarginal portion of the red ring. Cilia conspicuously white in the interspaces. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen black, the latter three sprinkled with green scales above.


Similar to the male but somewhat paler and duller. Upperside of the forewing has the green postdiscal band shorter and more incomplete than in the male. Hindwing with the upper discal patch smaller, often green and not blue, the red subterminal lunule in interspace 7 is always present and more prominent than in the male.

Underside of wings similar to that in the male, but the tornal and subtornal markings generally formed into more or less complete ocelli.[1]

Wingspan: 106-132 mm


The Himalayas from Kumaon to Sikkim, Nepal and Bhutan; the hills of Assam, Burma and Tenasserim, extending to China, Siam and the Malay Peninsula. A common insect in Sikkim, where it is found from the Terai up to 5,000 feet. It is rare in Burma and Tenasserim. It also occurs in some parts of the Western Ghats, such as the Chikmaglure b.b.hill ranges.

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Ciao Arun, great macro of fantastic butterfly, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Dear Arun,

I like this image very much! Slightly over sharpened but well focused and interesting POV with butterfly drinking water from the wet sand. Very nice Papilllionidae.


Hi Arun,
amazing colours and compositioin. Perfect sharpness and details. Beautiful presentation.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-12-26 3:00]

Waaw Arun,what a spectacular specie! And what a magnificent pic,i like this special 3D effect,great details on the butterfly despite the difficult position! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-12-26 3:46]

Hello Arun,
Fantastic sharp detailed photo taken from a nice low POV in beautiful colours.

hello Arun
very nice details and beautiful colours
i like this composition
thanks greeting lou

hello Arun,
a superb picture of this Paris Peacock.
great clarity, colour and composition.
best wishes,

Hello Arun
A very nice 3-D photo. Good point of view and detail. Nicely exposed. Incredible metallic colours. An amazing butterfly
regards yiannis

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-12-26 9:05]

Hello Arun.
Very good details. Lovely light and colour. Great POV. Crisp, clear and sharp. Very nice work. Regards Siggi

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2012-12-26 9:36]

Hola Arun, que bella amriposa de colors metálicos en alas y cuerpo, me gusta la composición, luz y el entorno de la toma...Felíz año Nuevo...

Hello Arun

Excellent macro of this insect posed at ground,
with fine POV, DOF and framing, great focus,
sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


你的照相真好 身體還是綠色

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2013-01-29 21:33]

Bu çok güzel kelebeği oldukça başarılı çekmişsin. Detaylar enfes.


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