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The Tailed Jay (1) (Graphium agamemnon)

The Tailed Jay (1) (Graphium agamemnon)
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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: 2006-12-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 50-60 Puntos (chapter 6), Butterflies of Asia, My Butterflies ( From Chattisgarh), Beautiful Butterflies, ! Jays [papillon], Gems from India, workshops photos with minimum 3 points [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-03 6:16
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Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ivan has helped me in identifying this species.I thank him very much for his praise worthy comments.

Its 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.

Once found primarily close to wooded country where there is a fairly heavy rainfall, the Tailed Jay is now very common at low elevations and regularly seen in gardens and urban areas due to its foodplant, Polyalthia longifolia (False Ashoka or Mast Tree), being widely used as an ornamental tree.

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 feeding 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.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Suborder: Macrolepidoptera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Papilionidae
Subfamily: Papilioninae
Genus: Graphium
Species: G. agamemnon
Binomial name
Graphium agamemnon
source wikipedia

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Hello Pankaj,
This is a wonderful capture again! I'm amazed about those different varieties of butterflies that you present us. This one is beautiful with excellent details, colors, POV, composition and exposure. This is really well done again! Thanks,

HI Pakaj,
Very good pic.
Good compo.
Well done

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2006-12-03 7:04]

Hello Pankaj,
Fine portrait of Graphium agamemnon, though with the facing light one doesn't see the pattern on the undersides of the wings of this species of Swallowtail.
This shot is sharp with fine BG, though I might cropped it to omit the flower on the extreme right.
Your note refers to The European Swallowtail, P. machaon. This species has an Asiatic distributuion.
TFS, best wishes, Ivan

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-12-03 7:08]

Hi Pankaj,
This is a wonderful butterfly and you captured the butterfly in a lovely composition. Beatiful detaisl, colours, pov.
Well done.
tfs paula

Hello Pankaj,
Impressive capture of this fine butterfly!
Colours and details are as good as they can get, and I like inclusion of flowers...
Well framed and the macro work very well done!
Pablo -

Hello Pankaj, wonderful photo of this beautiful butterfly, lovely colors, great details, optimal sharpness, very well done, BRAVO, ciao Silvio

WOW...beautiful! Great sharp focus on the butterfly and great DOF..the colors all blend in so very nicely. Love the framing as well. TFS
Donna :o)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2006-12-03 8:39]

Hello Pankaj,
Beautiful shot! Very sharp on the blutterfly and I like the light coming through the wing and showing up the bright green colour. I like the background very much too but would have cut away the flower on the right.
TFS, Ulla

Hello Pankaj,
brilliant colours due to the 'penetrating' light and good sharpness of G. agamemnon, arestless species which is rarely seen entirely intact. The point of view is optimal. Considering composition, I would prefer to see a little bit more of the flower the butterfly is sitting on and less of the flower to the right (as Ivan also argued). In particular, you unfortunately included the background to the right which appears to show much higher noise than that on the left. Perhaps, I will try a workshop later.
Best wishes, Peter

great colors here,
I like the framing,


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3050 W: 3 N: 8714] (40566)
  • [2006-12-03 9:51]

Hi Pankaj,
Very artistic shot. Just beautiful. Excellent composition, colours, background.

Hi Pankaj,
you have captured a beautiful butterfly, the colours are very nice. Maybe I had cropped it in a different way like Peter did in the WS, but that me.
The POV and DOF is good too.
Well done.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-03 10:18]

Hi Pankaj.
You have created a very nice colourful picture with beautiful butterfly and set of flowers. I like the delicate colour palette of the shot and especially of the BG. Excellent selected DOF, sharp and well detailed image of the butterfly, very impressive POV. Perfect done and TFS.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-12-03 12:51]

Hello Pankaj
I love this kind of butterfly, it's just majestic and colourful. The shot is perfect. You have done a very good job. Thank you for sharing.
Best wishes

Witaj Pankaj!
Piekny motyl, wyrazny, ze szczegolami. Kolory bardzo wyraziste i kwiatki wspolgraja z kolorystycznie z ubarwieniem motyla. Wiem, ze szkoda Ci bylo nie pokazywac tych kwiatkow z tylu, ale jestem za batu. Lepiej sie oglada. Jakby motylek usiadl odrotnie, to by bylo ok.
Pozdrawiam i gratuluje tak dobrej fotki - Roma

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-03 14:20]

Hi Pankaj,
What a beautiful butterfly! Lovely colors, pov, background and pose. I agree with the Peter's crop.
Tfs, José m.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-12-03 14:21]

Hi Pankaj

What a wonderful shot of this beautiful Butterfly, the details are nice and sharp and the colours are just beautiful with great lighting.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hi Pankaj,
Very neat image. Very aesthetic image, perhaps -IMHO- too much space allocated at right side [behind the butterfly]; however, as we all know that composition is just a matter of taste.
Nice shot and nice PP works.

Ben Lakitan

Hi Pankaj

Congrats on an excellent shot. Well composed, good clear detail, tack sharp and nicely saturated colour. :-)

Wonderful capture, Pankaj. It is a matter of great satisfaction to see you locating and shooting exotic butterflies of India in Raipur. The picture is technically immaculate. Well done!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-04 14:25]

Otra muy bonita imagen Pankaj... una vez más.
Intensos colores, buen foco y agudeza, apropiada iluminación y desenfoque... todos los ingredientes para una excelente composición.
Gracias y hasta la próxima.
Namaskar... Ricardo

Another very beautiful image Pankaj... once again.
Intense colors, good focus and sharpness, appropriate illumination and out of focus... all the ingredients for an excellent composition.
Thank you and until the next one.
Namaskar... Ricardo

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-04 15:59]

Hi Pankaj

The is really a great macro shot and the composition here in very interesting.
I rather like new ideas in composing and framing a certain subject so i honestly prefer your original photo that the more casual one in the WS.
The colors are wonderful and the lighting impecable, the POV is excellent and the DOF spot-on.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-04 17:28]

Bellos disparo y elegante butterfly y compo, excelente amigo... saludos Pankaj

Hi Pankaj,
Very nice capture with clear details,sharpness and framing.

Hi Pankaj,
Impressive capture of this nice butterfly!


Hi Pankaj,
I love those lovely green colors on the wings of this "Tailed Jay". The exposure, sharpness and the colors are very good.
WRT to composition proably i would not left a huge space behind the butterfly, but its more of a personal taste.
Goutham R

Hello Pankaj,
a very powerful and dynamical presentation!
Hard to capture that restless flyer.
Perfect details, I very much like the transparency of wings, and the arrangement of blossoms and butterfly is very artistic.
Thank you!
Best regards,

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-12-18 16:20]

HI Pankaj, nice colourful shot. i really like the pose of the butterfly here and all technical is good. I wonder about the composition, I'm not sure all that space behind the butterfly works for me personally. Well done.

Hello Pankaj,
Beautiful! I love the composition,is not very usual but I like it. Lovely colors, details and butterfly.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-01 22:11]

Hello Pankaj

A beautiful butterfly with excellent composition.The DOF is very good,and the details re sharp and crisp.Beautiful colours.TFS


Pankaj, I am always pleased when I see a Jay! Even when it turns out to be a butterfly! ;)

I especiually like the presentation here of the swallowtail with the yellow flowers; very nice compo!

Tfs, Jay.

Hello Pankaj,
Impressive capture of this fine butterfly!

Hello Pankaj
Very nice shot of this Tailed Jay ,
Perfect details,BG and colors.Superb shot my friend.


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