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Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-26
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Indonesia + Brunei [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-15 6:34
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Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
At certain patches of humid soil/ground, you can sometimes find large aggregates of butterflies in the tropics.
Often theses aggregates are dominated by one species. In this case, I found a 'meeting' of this tail-less swallowtail butterfly
- Graphium eurypylus
- family: Papilionidae

You have to approach quite slowly! If you disturb only one of the butterflies, all the other specimens will follow in a turbulent cloud. I takes some time until they return and settle on exactly the same place although other areas nearby are also humid.

Porabua. Humid sand at river Konaweha, which flows in a distance of about 50 cm from the butterfly.
Mountainous region in the south-eastern province of Sulawesi (Sulawesi-Tenggara), Indonesia

Species information
Graphium eurypylus occurs in south-east asia, through the Papua region to eastern Australia. The subspecies of Sulawesi is called ssp. pamphylus.
Wingspan: about 70 mm.

- bright sunlight
- not so much space for approach due to the river on the one and a steep slope on the other side
- no wind
- handheld

* Tsukada E, Nishiyama Y (1982) Butterflies of the South East Asian Islands. Volume I, Papilionidae. - Plapac Co., Tokyo.
* Vane-Wright RI, de Jong R (2003) The butterflies of Sulawesi: an annotated checklist for a critical island fauna. - National Museum of Natural History. Leiden.
* D'Abrera B (1982) Butterflies of the Oriental Region. Part I, Papilionidae, Pieridae & Danaidae. - Hill House.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-15 6:38]

Hello Peter
I like it. You capture this butterfly with great details and wonderful colors.

Hello Peter
Amazing impressive POV and nice picture of the beautiful butterfly.
Good composition and POV. Fine details. Nice colours.

Ciao Peter, fantastic butterfly with splendid colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, superb macro, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter!
I can imagine how nice must be to walk among these butterfies when they are resting on the sand and drinking water and minerals :)
Very good sharpness and DOF, you have done very good work.
I am waiting for your next pictures of insects taken in Indonesia, maybe a beetle next time? :>

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-15 12:57]

Hi Peter. A good looking butterfly which you have taken with sharp focusing and fine detail. Your use of the light has given natural looking colours. A good low POV showing the insect drinking . It looks as if you have an inetersting trip . well done TFS.

Have a good weekend.

hello Peter!
another beautiful species captured during your trip to Indonesia, and we see it with the tube while being ingesting of mineral salts..
perfect colors and definitions..

best sERGIO

Hi Peter,
You are lucky to find large numbers of beauties like these.
I only see a few butterflies each year,and I find it hard to get very close.
At least fungi don't fly away ;)
Great capture here.
Very well done!
Cheers & TFS

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2009-05-17 2:56]

Hello Peter,

This is an excellent macro shot of this pretty butterfly. Splendid details, lighting and sharpness. The tones and colors are wonderful. Lovely composition and POV. The details on the wings are absolutely Superb. Well done.TFS.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-17 9:58]

Hi Peter.
Blameless picture of an amazing of beauty butterfly. All details are reproduced fantastically texture of the wings, body and head, fine colouration of the butterfly, Sharpness of the insect image is ultimate and I like that scenery is reflected sharply too. You managed to achieve stunning 3D-effect. Transparence of the image and clarity are great as well as clean and nice colours. My congratulations and TFS.

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