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Tailed Jay

Tailed Jay
Photo Information
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: 2008-09-14
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: 2009-09-25 8:03
Viewed: 3519
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Tailed Jay (Graphium agamemnon) is a predominantly green and black tropical butterfly that belongs to the swallowtail family. The butterfly is also called Green Spotted Triangle, Tailed Green Jay or the Green Triangle. It is a common, non-threatened species native to India, Sri Lanka through Southeast Asia and into Australia. Several geographic races are recognized.


Southern India to Saurashtra, Northern India (Kumaon to Assam), Nepal, Sri Lanka, Andamans, Nicobars, Bangladesh, Brunei, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Kampuchea, southern China (including Hainan), Taiwan, South East Asia to New Guinea, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, and Australia (northern Queensland).


Strong and restless fliers, they are very active butterflies and flutter their wings constantly even when at flowers. They are seldom seen drinking from damp patches. The males are particularly fond of nectaring from flowers such as Lantana, Ixora, Mussaenda and Poinsettia. The females are more likely caught when looking for foodplants or laying eggs.

Tailed Jays are active throughout the year but their abundance depends upon the local monsoon and availability of the larval host plants. The butterflies generally fly among the tree-tops but descend to ground level in search of flowers or host plants. Because of their relatively fast life cycle (just over one month from egg to adult), Tailed Jays are multivoltine and may produce up to 7–8 broods per year.

It has been noted in one instance to be attracted to lights at night.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-25 8:09]

Hello Ram,
Great photo of this Tailed Jay. Excellent sharp focus on head and flower. Very beautiful contrasting and clear colours. Very good POV, composition and DOF.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-09-25 8:21]

The typical vibration of the wings while feeding is well seen in this shot of the Tailed Jay. The lighting, colours and BG are superb and the features of this butterfly are sharply shown from a great POV.
Nice to see you back in action Ram!
Thanks and all the best,

Hi Ram,
This is not just another butterfly photo. This is one with action. I love the wing movement in your photo. The colors are also something special. The pink flowers contrast extreemly well with the green eyes in the wings of the b'fly. The use of the flash is perfect and gave great illumination. I love the clarity and details you captured.

Have been away, yet again Sir!
Hope you're doing well...
A lovely shot with some wonderful details.I've yet to come across this swallowtail...
Bravo, sir!

Hi Ram

Good capture of this difficult to shoot species, they are alway moving their wings as displayed here. Attractive composition of a this pretty flower. Good sharpness.


hello sir,
now our interaction here at TN is getting lessser by each passing day, may be its the lifestyle or may the work pressure. you have captured a sharp image of one of the fastest flying butterfly on my fav flower zinia. like the composition and the pov,
tfs & regards

thanks a lot for your critiues on my third anniversary picture.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-09-26 5:21]

Hello Ram,
A very pleasing and poetical shot, especially by its composition and its color-combination. You really have most beautiful butterflies in your region! Happy to see that you have still most beautiful pictures in your archives. And I hope that time will come to take your camera again with you!
I wish you a nice weekend
Kind regards

Hi Ram Sir,

What a spectacular beauty you captured here. It has so beautiful colours and pattern. i also like the flower which it perched. Great larity and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice Sunday!


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-09-26 22:26]

Ram Sir, The wing movement has made the shot slightly blur. But the focus on the eyes and the flower is beautiful with the clarity. Good work. Ganesh

Hello Ram
nice butterfly taken with very sharp details, great focus on the head of this Tailed Jay
the zinnia flower is beautiful too, great composition and the whole image have so lovely colors, a wonderful shot , thanks very much
Have a great sunday

hello Mr. Ram
this is wonderful shot for amazing beautiful Tailed Jay on splendid colored flower. tropical butterflies very attractive. with such a great photograph, much more fascinating. photographic features great. unnecessary any comment. thanks for sharing, best wishes my friend

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-09-30 23:47]

Hello Ram !
What a precious and cheerful picture ! I love all those lovely colors - pink, yellow, green, brown, so nicely combined on this one picture. The butterfly in himself is a real beauty, and I like how you have captured him during his 'meal', sitting on such a pretty flower. It is a real pleasure to look at, specially on a grey and cold day of autumn, as we are having today in France.
Very werll done !

Ciao Ram, wonderful butterfly on a beautiful lower, fantastic colors, great sharpness and splendid details, superb composition, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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