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Common Rose

Common Rose
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Copyright: kv vral (vral) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 40D DSLR, 18-55 Canon kit
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-16 18:11
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Points: 40
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Hello Friends,

this Common Rose was captured during a birding trip near BAGA, Goa. Found lethargic and hanging from the twig. But flew away after this snap.

Help is needed to decide the sex.

The Common Rose (Atrophaneura (Pachliopta) aristolochiae) is a swallowtail butterfly belonging to the Pachliopta subgenus, the Roses, of the genus Atrophaneura or Red-bodied Swallowtails. It is a common butterfly which is extensively distributed across South and South East Asia.
It is widely distributed in Asia

Very common almost all over the plains of India, and not threatened as a species. Extremely abundant during and after the monsoon.
On the Underside of the males, the ground-colour and markings is similar, but the red subterminal spots on the hind wing much brighter;it is not irrorated with black scales, better defined, the anterior four subquadrate, the next two crescentic, sometimes quadrate also, the spot in interspace 1 triangular and pointed. Antennae, thorax and abdomen above up to the preanal segment black; the head, sides of prothorax above, and of the whole of the thorax and abdomen beneath vermilion-red; anal segment vermilion-red.

Female is similar like the males; they differs from the male only in the comparatively broader wings and this is most conspicuous in the fore wing

An excellent generalist which has adapted to a range of habitats, the butterfly has been found in congregations at lower elevations. The Common Rose is found up to 8000 feet in the Western Ghats and South Indian Hills, up to 5000 feet at the Eastern end of the Himalayas but only up to 3000 feet in the North West Himalayas. The butterfly is a common visitor to Indian gardens and can even be found in crowded urban areas.
It is the commonest of the large tailed butterflies of India and one of the most interesting butterflies for the Indian amateur naturalist to observe.
The red body, slow peculiar flight, bright colouration and pattern of the wings are meant to indicate to predators that this butterfly is inedible, being well protected by the poisons it has sequestered from its larval food plant. It also emits a nasty smelling substance when handled to further enhance its unappealing qualities. Hence it is rarely attacked by predators, a strategy so successful, that edible butterflies have evolved to mimic it, the classical example being that of the female morph of the Common Mormon that is Papilio polytes, female form stichius.
The Common Rose is often the preferred species to show the amateur naturalist the utility of the tails in steering. This can be most easily observed when the Common Rose hovers over flowers to sip nectar. Then, its forewings beat readily to give it buoyancy while the tails move delicately to steer and adjust its position.


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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2008-01-16 18:18]
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Hi kv,

What a lovely ROSE there, caught with only a kit lens.
Nice POV that shows ventral aspect of Atrophaneura. Good BG blurr.

Hallo KV
A lovely and colourful close up of this Common Rose. I like the bright red of its body, and the red patterns on its wings. The detail of its paws is good, and it seems to be holding on for dear life on the branch. It is a pity that this butterflies wings are damaged. It is such a fine-looking insect, unfortunately that is life. The colour of your blurry background adds justice to this image. Thanks for sharing and well done.
Kind regards

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-17 1:20]
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Hi KV,
Just marking this wonderful post from you and will return with a proper critique. Sorry friend.

Una toma preciosa y un bellísimo insecto que desconocemos por estas tierras. Excelente encuadre y buenos colores, aunque algo justa de luz.
Un saludo: J. Ignasi Tejedor


Very nice picture of this beautiful butterfly. Good sharpness and wonderful colours.
Well done,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-17 3:30]
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Hello KV,
Superb capture of a Common Rose Swallowtail. The body structure suggests that this is a male. Nice sharpness and well composed against the OOF natural BG (Baga Fields?).
We have been to Goa a couple of times on birding trips.
Well done and thanks for sharing,

Hi KV,
A very good capture with your kit lens. Sharp details and a good composition POV wise showing bottom view. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi KV,
I have seen that specie before on TN but not often. Let me tell you that I would be much impressed to see this wonderful butterfly in real! It is amazing! Colors are so contrasted and you caught it with superb details, beautiful pose and composition. Congratulations!

Very good use of ambient light, great exposure and vibrant color KV..
Nice DOF, detail, comp, BG, and POV of this beauties underside also :)
Well done,

Hi KV,
This is a pov that not normally seen. Sharp focus with very nice color clarity. Background is appropriately blurred to stand out the main subject. Very well done.

Hi Kv,
Magnificent shot!
I like the clarity and close approach got on this shot.
Patterns and vivid reds are a joy for the eyes.
COngratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hola Kv.
Muy hermosa Macro, de esta bella Mariposa de colores Rojo Y Negro. Agradable presentacion de alta calidad y nitidez, bellos dtalles en la foto y muy buen encuadre. La nota muy educativa.
Saludos Kv.

Hi KV,

Nice capture of this common rose showing great details and lovely colours. Good blurry background which is not distracting at all. Well done!


Dear Kv, This is very interestign view.. nicely done, very good details captured. TFS. with best regards.vab.

Hello KV,
Wonderful macro showing superbly the excellent patterns and textures of this lovely species. The striking contrasts between the black, red and whites are superb. Thank you for sharing this lovely image and great note.

Hello Vral

Beautiful butterfly, very well captured! I wish that twig wasnt covering some of the specimen, but it has to perch somewhere!


Hi Kv,

This is a great speccimine of butterfly with beautiful markings on the body. And you have captured it so well with a good level of detail, strong colours, great exposure and a great pov. Good stuff.


fantastik photo...Wonderful colours, sharpness. Congratulations

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  • lutya Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 93] (451)
  • [2008-02-11 15:25]
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Hi KV!
beautiful colours & details...nice shot..

very beautiful butterfly, TFS Ori

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