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Southern Birdwing

Southern Birdwing
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-03 7:31
Viewed: 3853
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Southern Birdwing (Troides minos) is a large and striking Swallowtail butterfly endemic to Peninsular India. With a wingspan of 140-190mm, it is the largest butterfly found in southern India.

It was earlier considered a subspecies of the Common Birdwing (Troides helena) but is now recognised as a valid species.

The species is more common in the Western Ghats, which is a biodiversity hotspot with a high degree of endemism in many taxa. It is much sought after by collectors and is a highlight of many butterfly-tours in the Western Ghats.

Courtesy: Wikipedia


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-03 7:43]

Hi Ram. Thank you for your kind words. I would be more than pleased to have captured this fine close up of the beautiful butterfly. Which you have taken with fine detail and bright colours. We can see all of the wing markings. well taken TFS.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-03 7:46]

What a great butterfly is this wonderful Troides minos!
Great details and beautiful colors.
Congratulation and a great 2010!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-03 8:29]

Hello Ram,
Excellent photo of this butterfly in good sharpness and beautiful contrasting and clear colours. A beauty!

That's like a water-painting, Ram, I like the colours and this amazing butterfly very much.
All the best for 2010, greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Ram
Beautiful catch with details and nice pose..
Best wishes

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-03 14:58]

Hi Ram,

The word "striking" is the perfect way to describe this Southern Birdwing. This black butterfly with the wonderful silver and yellow markings is very beautiful. A perfect pov to show off the elegance. I love the setting and composition.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-03 23:54]

Hi Ram,
Lovely close up.I liked colors,contrast,framing and visual impact a lot.Have a great week!
Thanks for posting..

Hi Ram,

Very good photo and very beautiful butterfly. The hand of the mother nature has touched this butterfly. Like a fine art. Regards...ilker

Hi Ram,

Beautiful butterfly, this is about who are little in TN, good job, good POV.

Greetings and thanks for sharing.


Hello Ram
you have captured a very beautiful species, his environment is nice too
very great open wing pose, taken from a fine POV
i love the subtil colors very much
Have a good night

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-01-05 19:44]

Happy New Year, Ram!
A beautiful butterfly with striking contrasting colors.
Lovely patterns on the yellow part.
TFS. : )

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