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Butterfly #1/2 (D. genutia)

Butterfly #1/2 (D. genutia)
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Copyright: jitti coowanitwong (jcoowanitwong) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1679 W: 0 N: 3120] (13754)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon s3 is
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies from Thailand #1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-18 11:47
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Points: 38
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed butterflies)
Subfamily: Danainae (Crows and Tigers) (Milkweed butterflies)
Tribe: Danaini
Genus: Danaus (Tigers)
Species: D. genutia
Common name: Common Tiger
Thai common name: ผีเสื้อหนอนใบรักลายเสือ

The Common Tiger in this picture is probably a female.

Distribution :
Sri Lanka, India to Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam,
Hainan, China, Formosa, Langkawi, Malaysia, Singapore,
Andamans, Nicobars, Palawan.

It resembles the Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) of the Americas. The caterpillar of the Common Tiger butterfly obtains a supply of poison by eating poisonous plants, which makes the caterpillar and butterfly a distasteful morsel for predators. A study in Northeastern India showed a preference to foraging on Crotalaria juncea compared to Nerium oleander, Barleria cristata rosea and Bauhinia perpurea (Bhuyan et al. 2005).

Wingspan 75-85 mm. The sexes are similar. The wings are tawny with heavy black markings along the veins; this butterfly is called the Striped Tiger in India. The scent patch on the male is oval and is located on the second vein of the hind wing.

The upper side of the apex of the forewing is black. Below the apex, a row of elongated white marks forms a loose band across the wing. The black marginal band on the underside of the hind wing has two rows of small white spots. On the upper side, the corresponding inner row is often incomplete.

Adaptations for Survival
The Danaids also have many other marvelous adaptations for survival. For instance, the larvae often feed on plants containing poisons and unpalatable substances. Instead of eliminating or detoxifying these chemicals, they assimilate them in their haemolymph (body fluids). These substances are then passed on to the adult butterflies through the pupal stage. As an adult, the male also assimilates poisons from plants such as Heliotropium indicum and Crotalaria pallida. When captured, its first line of defense is to emit nasty smelling chemicals that encourage the predator to release it - the extrusion of the 'Hair Pencils' is a common observation. The butterfly also shams death when captured - most avian predators will not consume a butterfly that is already dead. If captured and swallowed, the chemicals of the butterfly act quickly to induce vomiting in the birds. The poisons themselves are never found in lethal concentrations but in amounts sufficient to leave a lasting impression on the predator - perhaps an education that may be passed on to their progeny.

In addition, because of their tough and leathery bodies, Danaids are difficult to kill and have a remarkable ability to fly away after a bird has tried to eat them. These adaptations make these butterflies quite unattractive to predators. Young inexperienced birds catch these unpalatable insects from time to time, but then realizing that they are not good to eat, they release them without much harm to either to themselves or the prey. The confidence of these butterflies in their chemical defenses are well reflected in their nonchalant leisurely flight.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-05-18 13:04]

Hi Jitti,
Excellent close-up shot of the tiger. Very neat and sharp details of the wings. Lovely natural colours and light management. Excellent DOF. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-05-18 13:09]

Hello Jitti, what a beautiful butterfly enjoying its lunch, very peaceful image...the collors, details, and composition are fantastic...well done my friend..

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-05-18 13:33]

Yes, that's a typical Jitti's work! Bright and sharp - both the butterfly and the flower!
I wish you a pleasant week end!

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-05-18 13:44]

selam jitti; excellent macro shot of this lovely b.fly, good details presented , very nice BG and POV, well captured with splendid colours TFS

Marvellous colours and details on this very thoughtfully captured image of a Tiger butterfly, JC.
Well 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)
  • [2007-05-18 13:58]

What a stunning shot!!
So beautiful and perfect in all aspects!
I love the beauty of the butterfly and the flower, and I love the composition too.
Great sharpness, DOF, lighting, colors...
Just superb!
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.

Hi Jitti,
Good image. I like the light, the sharpness, etc.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-18 14:26]

Hello Jitti,
Fine capture of a Common Tiger. The sharpness and DOF are first class in this fine and colourful composition.
TFS and best wishes,

Hello Jitti,
Good capture of this wonderful butterfly, ther sharpness is very good, the colors are fantastic, well seen and captured.

hello Jitti
great shot, nice composition, beautiful colours and good sharpness :)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-05-18 23:57]

Excellent shot of this Monarch, Jitti.
Beautiful colors and very sharp details.
Wonderful POV and exposure.
TFS. : )

Hi dear jitti ,
very nice shot with great focus. it has wonderful colours and nice sharpness.
well composed and lovely shot.
Thanks for sharing

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-05-19 10:04]

Hi Jitti.
Excellent close-up.Great sharp details and very well depicted textures on wing.I like your used point of view and wonderful colors.Superb done!Thanks for sharing.
Best greetings Milos.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-19 10:25]

Hi Jitti,

This is a wonderful, really close-up shot of this butterfly. Beautiful colors of it and the flower. You show off all of the details. A lovely picture.


génial cette macro, les détails sont bien présents , de tres jolies couleurs nettes
belle présentation, bravo, amitiès

bonjour jitti
avec ses ailes superbement nervurées et sa robe tacheté ce papillon est tres beau.
netteté et couleurs superbes.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-21 16:53]

Hi Jitti

A very beautiful macro shot from you!
I like your close composition here because it really concentrates all the attention at this splendid butterfly.
The side POV is also great for it allows a good angle for the pattern of the under-wings and the exceptional sharpness level really gives us some impressive details for these parts.
Charming colors and good lighting, too.

Bravo and TFS

Fantástica nitidez y maravillosos detalles.
La luz es fantástica para crear este ambiente que rodea a la mariposa.
Una nota estupenda, muy completa.
Saludos Jitti.
Juan Luis.

Hi Jitti,
very nice macro shot of this butterfly.
Its perfectly sharp and the colors are great ...
Very nice composition, too

TFS Tatjana

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