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The Tailed Jay

The Tailed Jay
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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: 2007-10-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies on Lantana Flowers, Volkan's Best, my work, Butterfly Encyclopedia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-12 23:00
Viewed: 4921
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another picture of tailed jay posted some time back.

Tailed Jay
(Graphium agememnon menides, Fruhstorfer)

This butterfly has wingspan of 70-80 mm. The female has longer tail and a greenish white streak on the lower margin of the hind wing. The ground colour of the upperside of both sexes is black, and is filled with green spots / fluorescent green spots. specimens. The underside is mottled with green, brown, purple and gray.

The colors of the Tailed Jay blend well into its surroundings. The flying pattern of this butterfly makes it hard to get a good look at this very fast, lively, non-stop butterfly. It flies very fast & the narrow pointy wings and powerful thoracic muscles providing this insect with great speed, maneuverability and endurance, a set of characteristics shared by all members of the genus Graphium.

The Tailed Jay is one of the fastest nectar feeders of the butterflies .

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Hi dear Pankaj ,
As always nice shot aith excellent details.
BG is nice and composition is great too.
thanks for sharing.
my best wishes

Namaste Pankaj. Beautiful presentation of a lovely butterfly.Wonderful composition, dark frame and background make the subject and the flower shine like jewels.So, not only lovely to look at, but a fast mover too. Regards. Klaudio.

magnifique macro, les couleurs sont parfaitement bien nettes et ce papillon ressort bien sur ce fond noir
bravo et merci a toi

Hello Pankaj,
Beautiful picture of Tailed Jay.This is one butterfly I have admired a lot but never have been successful in photographing. What you said is really true. It's flight pattern makes it very difficult to capture. You have done a good job in taking it's picture and sharing it with us . The POV used clearly shows the colors and patterns on the wing.Good sharpness and DOF. Excellent use of fill flash.
TFS& Regards,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-13 1:40]

Hola amigo,
excelente macro y bella mariposa,
composición hermosa y buen pov.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-13 1:53]

Hi Pankaj

Great POV and I love the dark BG - it really makes the butterfly stand out. Great DOF and colour.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-13 1:57]

Good morning Pankaj,
amazing markings you've found here my friend, very striking to look at. Perfect DOF, sharp detail and excellent exposure. Another beauty, well done.

Hello Pankaj,

Very nice composition. Good POV and beautiful details.
Well done,

Hi Pankaj,
Simply perfect!
Great capture of this exuberant butterfly!
Excellent sharpness and magnificent coloration.
Very good framing and POV.
Congratulations for the wonderful work!.
Well done!
Best regards,
José Roberto

hi pankaj,
another beautiful butterfly from you. sharp and good dof. tfs.

I am wondering if the Guinness book of World record's has this as fastest?:-) The book list all sorts of things, however probably not the faster nectar feeder. An interesting additional note.
Very nice colourings on this large butterfly. Although not indigenous to this locale, some swallowtails are. If I could get this close as you did it would be nice. There is something pleasing about its color..almost a lime green.

Pankaj, How did I miss this? This is a great capture.
- Murali Santhanam

Fine work Pankaj,
The beautiful details of this butterfly are well seen in the image. Great POV, composition, and color.
Fine use of flash.
Well done, TFS

Hello Pankaj,
Very beautiful shot of this Tailed Jay you present here.
As usual, you managed very superb shot with excellent details and beautiful POV.
Also, well done with flash light. As I said it before, I love this dark BG very much. :-)
Well presented with your note too.
Best wishes,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-13 10:08]

Hi Pankaj,

I have missed so many of your wonderful posts! This butterfly is a beauty with amazing colors. Looks fantastic against the black background. Sharp details of the lovely markings and a beautiful composition.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-13 10:25]

Perfectly captured butterfly ! Thanks Pankaj for this sharp and beautiful image, great stuff !


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-13 11:14]

Hello Pankaj,
Another excellent Tailed Jay shot. Superb contrast with the dark Bg and fine sharpness and the composition with the lantana flower,colours, POV are all top grade.
Well done my friend and thanks,

Hi Pankaj, elegant butterfly with splendid colors, superb details and excellent sharpness, perfect focus, very well done, ciao Silvio

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Ciao Pankaj,
splendida foto di una bellissima farfalla.
Complimenti per l'ottima qualità delle tue foto.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-13 15:07]

;-) no comment

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-13 19:27]

Hello Pankaj

Just marking the post


Hi Pankaj,
A nice capture of this tailed jay. Excellent clarity and details with very good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-14 7:01]

Hi Pankaj, this is a very nice pov of this butterfly with those green markings, very elegant. Superb details and a great light sheen on the wings. Wonderful colour and excellent focus and sharpness. Lovely composition.

nice shot.

Buena composición y perfecta armonía flor-insecto. Los colores del motivo con ese negro de fondo dan como resultado una toma muy elegante. Buena presentación.

Un saludo Pankaj.

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