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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/4, 1/10 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies with minimum 50 points & above, Gems from India, Butterflies of India [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-10 7:11
Viewed: 4761
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Common Banded Peacock (Papilio crino) is a species of swallowtail (Papilionidae) butterfly found in parts of South Asia including India and Sri Lanka.

The butterfly is solitary and a fast flyer. It flies high above and forages on the trees (e.g., Creeper blooms on Bamboo). However, occasionally it is attracted to bright flowers of plants on the ground as well (e.g., dwarf red Ixora). It flutters in a hurry while sipping nectar.

It is distinguished due to its colour which is shiny fluorescent blue or green depending on the angle of observation. The magnificent colours are due to scales in interior of its wings. Also there are spots in the bottom of its hind wings similar to eye spots. The exterior of wings is brownish-black with patterns similar to eye-spots. Perhaps the only protection for this species is self-mimicry through the eye-spots as regards to its morphology, considering its bright peacock colours. Hence, it is a fast flyer.

Its expanse is 100-116 mm. It is distributed in Lower Bengal; Forested parts of Central and Southern India (including Kerala); Sri Lanka. The female lays eggs on leaves of the Satinwood tree Chloroxylon swietenia.

Scientific classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Genus: Papilio
Species: P. crino

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Hi Sumon,
You also found one. Nicely framed with good colors and POV. Thanks a lot for sharing. Keep shooting.

Hi Sumon,
My first time to see this swallowtail species. POV and composition are great. Splendid fluorescent colors. TFS this fine image.

A green on green. Very nice image, perhaps a little bit to much saturated colors
Best wishes

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-06-10 7:48]

Hello Sumon,
What a fantastic colours and sharpness in this photo. Great composition and POV.

Again using a new technique of the subject covering another. How new! An exciting way to take a shot. Perhaps when I am feeling like getting closer to the ground I shall try this.

In your particular case, color and perfect focus still make for a surreal picture!

Bob Pacific NW Wilderness

Hello Sumon,
Great close up with vivid colors and POV well composed TFS best regards/LAwhill

What an unusual color and pattern. You have a way of capturing the slightest variation of colors. If I had attempted green on green, it would have looked like...well, a big green lump. ha ha
Beautiful wing-spread, great pov, and good contrast and color

Hi again Sumon, also this one is a splendid butterfly, great details with excellent sharpness, wonderful green colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Sumon,

This is the first time for me to see this species and youre capture looks great. Excellent details, beautiful colours and very good POV and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing!

Greetings, Nel

Hi Sumon,
Great capture with fantastic colours!


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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-06-10 10:00]

great focus and colors nice DOF interesting insect

Hello Sumon
Very intersting swallotail to shoot,
Fantastic colors and DOF,
Great composition ,lighting and sharpness.


Hello Sumon,
The patterns are amazing!
The colours and details are captured with great clarity, subject is so well framed...
A very nice piece of macro work!
Pablo -

Execellent subject that has been captured beautifully showing incredible colors and details. Well done Sumon. :)

Impressing subject, and impressing capture.
My sincere congratulations.
It is a pleasure you share this images with us, thanks.
Regards, Felipe.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-10 11:39]

Hi Sumon,

How do you manage to present a beauty on a daily basis? This one jumps off the screen. The greens are marvelous, the wing pattern with all its details is excellent. Fantastic pose with the lovely green leaves. A beautiful composition.


Something went wrong with my net connection and I was off TN for four days, Sumon. Obviously, I missed a great deal during this forced absence.
At the moment, I am strongly attracted by your new picture and going to it first.
This specimen of a Banded Peacock looks so resplendent and rich in its predominently green colours and extremely attractive patterns on the wings. You are in the middle of a rich natural environment in Bhubaneswar.
The picture is perfect both technically and aesthetically.
Thanks for sharing this gem of a picture.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-10 15:04]

Hello Sumon,
Excellent capture of a Banded Peacock Swallotail. Superb sharpness and lighting. The freshness of this specimen and the pose and POV is almost as if you shot this at a butterfly farm, but I assume this was taken in the wild.
Nice shot!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-10 16:37]

selam ; excellent shot of this butterfly, good details presented , very nice BG and POV, well captured with splendid colours TFS

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-10 16:45]

Hi Sumon.What a fantastic colour the butterfly is. you have captured it at its best. very fine detail and sharp focus. I like the top view. very well done TFS. Nick..

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-10 18:10]

Hola Sumon,
bello trabajo,
magnífica captura y excelentes colorido y nitidez,
perfecto pov,

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-06-10 21:17]

Woah! What a beauty. Excellent detail and info! Looks bigger than it is! Great shot. If anything maybe a bit too much saturation,, Hard to say.

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  • Calaca (157)
  • [2007-06-11 11:52]

Excelente foto el macro es perfect, que colores, la nitidez y como se ven los detalles de sus alas, te felicito.

Wow. great butterfly. I have never seen this species before.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-11 23:24]

Hello Sumon

Absolutely amazing colours.The focus and details are razor sharp.Wonderful composition in a lovely setting.Excellent camera work.TFS


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-12 9:47]

Hi Sumon,
beautiful butterfly, seeing this in its natural environment must be quite something.
Very well captured, details are wonderful sharp and the colors are excellent.
Very nice composition, the beauty fills the canvas very nicely.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-06-12 17:40]

Hi Sumon,

Superb portrayal of this stunning Peacock, nicely composed with a lovely pose with the Butterflys wings open showing us the fabulous markings and colours, very good detail and beautiful colours.

TFs Hilary :o)

  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-06-14 11:44]

Hi Sumon,

Great picture of this butterfly.
Great color, sharpness, background and lighting.


Fascinante toma que muestra la grandeza de la naturaleza en formas y colores; lo has sabido plasmar perfectamente. Buena composición y fondo. enhorabuena !

Hi Sumon
is a worderful this Papilio crino
( we have a papilio machaon)
fantastic colors and great pattern

best work tfs sERGIO

This is just a gorgeous picture of a gorgeous butterfly!! I give you 10 smileys for this. I would love to see this butterfly in person and you caught it so well, I would be all afumble.
Best wishes

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