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Papilio Demoleus

Papilio Demoleus
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Copyright: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Ni
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Butterflies ( From Chattisgarh), Butterflies with minimum 50 points & above, Butterflies By pankaj Bajpai, Butterflies on Lantana Flowers, Beautiful Butterflies Part Two, Butterflies of India [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-17 20:50
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Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Common Lime or the Lemon Butterfly (Papilio demoleus) is a common and widespread Swallowtail butterfly. It gets its name from its host plants which are usually citrus species such as the lime. It is also sometimes called the Chequered Swallowtail. Unlike most swallowtail butterflies it does not have a prominent tail.


Its range indicates the butterfly's tolerance and adaptation to diverse habitats. It is to be found in savannahs, fallow lands, gardens, evergreen and semi-evergreen forests and shows a preference for stream and riverbeds.

In India it is mostly found in the plains but can be found on the hills of peninsular India and up to 7000 feet in the Himalayas. It is common in urban gardens and may also be encountered in wooded country.


This butterfly is an avid mud-puddler and visitor of flowers. It basks with its wings held wide open on tufts of grass, herbs and generally keeps within a metre above the ground, even on cloudy days. It relies on its quick flight for escape.

It is an interesting butterfly in that it has a number of modes of flight. In the cool of the morning, the flight is slow considering that it is an edible and unprotected swallowtail. As the day progresses, it flies fast, straight and low. In the hotter part of the day, it may be found settling on damp patches where it will remain motionless, except for an occasional flutter of wings, if not disturbed.

It is also a frequent visitor of flowers in gardens, where it shows a preference for flowers of smaller herbs rather than larger plants such as the ubiquitous Lantana with its plentiful blooms. It can be found swarming in the groves of its foodplants.

While resting, the butterfly closes its wing over its back and draws the forewings between the hindwings.

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To joey: yes common but not easy to shootpankajbajpai 1 07-18 06:17
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Butterflies are always beautiful and your selection of angle and framing increased the mercury of beauty.Your note is also proves a sincere observation.

Hello Pankaj
Very nice shot of this Lemon Butterfly,
Great compo,lighting and focusing,
Superb shot, Welldone.

Good Luck

With the re-emergence of butterflies, you are in the best of your spirits, Pankaj :-).
This lovely capture of a Common Lime demonstrates it amply.
I love the composition with the butterfly perched primly on white lantana flowers.
Thanks for sharing this really outstanding image.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-17 22:22]

Hi Pankaj

A beautiful composition with excellent POV, focus and colour.


Very nice buterfly, good colors
Many thanks for sharing

Hello Pankaj,
this is a very nice shot from the Domoleus. Very good POV, good colours, details and exposure. I think the DOF could be better. Thank you for posting.

Hello Pankaj,
perfect exposure and focus with much sharpness/details!
best pov for capturing this beauty, I liked the clarity of it's eye!
beautiful colour indeed
thanks for sharing

Hello Pankaj

Beautiful colors in this picture! The whites have come out excellently and the green BG is super.


Hello Pankaj,
Beautiful swallowtail. It is colorful and charming. I guessed this is the active time of this Common Lime and a bit of chasing to get this photo. Very well done.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-18 3:42]

Pankaj Bhai I think you are in love with this butterfly. You post 'n' number of shots and all are simply beautiful. TFS ganesh

Good shot, the whites have been exposed very nicely
Good sharpness, well composed and good POV


Hi Pankaj,
A beautiful composition of this beautiful butterfly on white flowers. Very good details and colors. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-18 5:45]
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Hi Pankaj,
I've seen quite a lot of post of this butterfly.
Is it very common?
However, I never get tired of its beauty.
Excellent capture with great colours and BG.
Well done,

Hi pankaj,
Again beautiful capture of lovely butterfly,great pov with good composition,well done

Lovely colours and so very sharp and well defined. Composed well as well....well....

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-18 6:14]

Hi Pankaj,
Composition, POV, details, the patterns on the wings look so nice. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-18 6:22]

Hello Pankaj,
Another nice one of the Citrus Swallowtail from you. I like the POV and choice of focusing point. Fine sharpness where focused and excellent composition against a pleasing OOF BG.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hi Pankaj, beautiful papilio with great sharpness and splendid details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-18 7:38]

Hi Pankaj,

Your butterfly pictures are just fantastic. One is more beautiful than the other. This is outstanding with the beautiful butterfly and the lovely flowers. The deep rich colors are wonderful and the sharpness is excellent. Beautiful composition as well.


This is so beautiful. Lovely composition, interesting to see. It's a wonderful shot.
Best wishes,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-18 14:36]

Hi Pankaj,
What a smart butterfly! Excellent pov and pose to see wings for both sides. I like a lot this almost black & white butterfly.
TFS, José M.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-19 20:47]

Hello Pankaj

A beautiful butterfly with excellent colour saturation.The POV is excellent.Nicely composed and presented.The focus is sharp with wonderful details.The flower is also very beautiful.TFS


I am amazed at how clear the wings are considering the shutter speed and the constant motion of this butterfly. Beautiful capture - well done. The colors are sharp and crisp, the composition is very pleasing. Great shot!

Gran elegancia e increible profundidad. Una fotografía magnífica.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-23 10:50]

Hi Pankaj.
Great composition and very nice POV which pretty shows of patterns on both sides of his wings.I like amazing colors and very good exposure of white color on butterfly as well as on delicate flowers.Good managed DOF with fine sharp details on butterfly against blurred BG.Superb done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

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