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Paris Peacock ( Papilio paris)

Paris Peacock ( Papilio paris)
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Copyright: Goutham Ramesh (goutham_ramesh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 835 W: 154 N: 2871] (12237)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 180 Macro Ex HSM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/50 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): GouthamButterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-26 8:46
Viewed: 4703
Points: 44
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Hi all,
My vacation days are over and I'm back to work from today and my routine of posting and commenting on TN will also start. During my vacation I had the honour of meeting Smitha Komat and Anil at Kodanad and was humbled by their hospitality. Thanks Anil and Smitha!
From Kodanad we proceeded towards Thettekad in Kerla and had a opportunity to shoot this marvellous butterfly, Paris Peacock ( Papilio paris).
The Paris Peacock ( Papilio paris) is a species of swallowtail butterfly found in South Asia.This one was mud puddling.
Mud-puddling is the phenomenon mostly seen in butterflies and involves their aggregation on substrates like wet soil, dung and carrion to obtain nutrients such as salts and amino acids. This behaviour has also been seen in some other insects, notably the leafhoppers.Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) are diverse in their strategies to gather liquid nutrients. Typically, mud-puddling behavior takes place on wet soil. But even sweat on human skin may be attractive to butterflies.The most unusual sources include blood and tears.This behaviour is restricted to males in many species. In tropical India this phenomenon is mostly seen in the post-monsoon season. The groups can include several species often including members of the Papilionidae and Pieridae. Males seem to benefit from the sodium uptake through mud-puddling behaviour with an increase in reproductive success. The collected sodium and amino acids are often transferred to the female with the spermatophore during mating as a nuptial gift. This nutrition also enhances the survival rate of the eggs. When puddling many butterflies and moths pump fluid through the digestive tract and release fluid from their anus. In some species such as the male Notodontid Gluphisia septentrionis this is released in forced anal jets at 3 second intervals. Fluid of up to 600 times the body mass may pass through and males have a much longer ileum (anterior hindgut) than non-puddling females.

Source : wikipedia

Thanks for dropping by

Goutam R

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-11-26 8:53]

Hello Goutham,
a natural reproduction of Paplio paris which in my opinion belongs to the most beautiful swallowtails. A well-focused and sharp picture of the butterfly.
Best wishes, Peter

Fantastic. You are lucky to get one. Beautiful Species, little more cropping would bring details in the butterfly?!!
Nice colors and good POV. Your lens doing great job, ofcource you are behind the camera.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-11-26 8:58]

hi goutham,
wonderful picture.its fantastic to watch paris peacock during mud puddling that too with opened wings..great work..

Fenomenales colores y acertado encuadre.
Bellos tonos y texturas.
Saludos, JL.

Hi Goutham,
wow - this one is so noble, the wings so fantastic. Very good sharpness and a nice BG with a shadow of its wings, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2007-11-26 9:47]

Hi Goutham
beautiful colors ion the wings and a great sharpness and details...
nice butterfly...


Ciao Goutham,
complimenti per essere riuscito a riprodurre così fedelmente gli splendidi colori di questa Papilio.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-26 12:23]
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Hi Goutham.Good to see you back. What a fine looking butterfly this is. the detila you have captured is first class. good natural looking colours. with a good top view. well done TFS.
One day you may come to England. ?

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-26 13:11]

Hola amigo,
bello trabajo,
nitidez y sensacional color y pov, buen macro,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-26 15:06]

Hi Goutham
What a nice presentation.
Very sharp image and excellent POV.Very well composed imaghe wgit great details and lovely colors.
TFS Michel

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-26 15:31]

Beautiful shot Goutham,
this butterfly is amazing, colors are fantastic and beautiflly captured
great sharpness

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2007-11-26 20:10]

Hello Goutham,
great, impressive peacock. detailed and mud puddling. Awesome capture.

thanks for sharing


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-27 2:28]

Hello Goutham,
what a magnificently coloured butterfly!
+++ I love all the detail in its wings.
Excellent composition.
Brilliant lighting and colours.
--- Nothing :)
Well done,

Hello Goutham,
Wonderful specimen of Papilio paris!
Wonderful coloration; very good contrast.
Excellent texture, sharpness and interesting POV.
Congratulations for the wealth of details.
Well done!
Thanks for sharing this marvel!
José Roberto

Hi Goutham,
An excellent capture of this beautiful butterfly. Very nice composition and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Goutham

Beautiful specimen and one I haven't seen before.
Great sharpness and pattern detail.


Hello Gautham,
Thanks for your kind words.We also enjoyed having you all here.
This is a beautiful picture. The focus, sharpness and details are excellent. beautiful natural colours. Good composition. Thanks for the share.

hello goutham,
glad to have you back here at TN, Your macro shots were missed here, you are back with such a lovely post, i have never seen this beautiful butterfly, on sunday i saw mud puddling at the jungle where i went for the weekend and found 4 to 5 species of butterflies doint it, this image is very sharp with good details, lovely colours, nice pov,
well done and looking forward to more of your work,
tfs & regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-27 9:20]

Hi Goutham.
Amazing butterfly, amazing BG and superbly done picture of this beautiful scene. Precise skill work with excellent macro lens. Sharpness is razor, colours are vibrant. Bravo and TFS.

I am presuming that this is first of the series of Paris Peacock pictures we can expect from you. This is a nice position to shoot the butterfly from. The picture has come out very well despite the harsh lighting conditions and reflective background.
- Murali Santhanam

Hi goutham ,

A lovely shot of this paris , the sharpness and details are great,as satish has said a bit more crop would have brought in great details of this beauty coz of ur lens and your skill to take macro. Very well done on this.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-23 0:34]
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Hi Goutham,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful butterfly with such lovely colours and sharp details. The iridescent colours look amazing. Even I had posted a similar butterfly a few days back which I later understood is rare in our part and might have migrated from the western ghats - the Banded Peacock. Superb lighting and exposure. I like your top POV and the patterned BG. Very nicely composed too. Kudos.

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