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Butterfly #1/3 (Danaus)

Butterfly #1/3 (Danaus)
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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: 2007-06-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon s3 is
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies from Thailand #1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-02 23:10
Viewed: 3990
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this picture in 'Suan Rot Fai', a public park in Bangkok.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed butterflies)
Subfamily: Danainae (Milkweed butterflies)
Tribe: Danaini
Genus: Danaus (Tigers, Monarchs)

Thanks Ulla Kruys (Uleko) for the plant name.

This is probably a milkweed.

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Gentianales
Family: Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed family)
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Genus: Asclepias
Species: A. curassavica
Common name: tropical milkweed, bloodflower, butterflyweed, ipecacuanha
Thai name: ไฟเดือนห้า(Asclepias curassavica), เทียนแดง

The common name for the family, Milkweed, refers to the white latex that produce by this plant.

The genus name Asclepias came from Asklepios, the god of healing in Greek mythology.

Crow and Tiger butterflies larvae feed on milkweed.

The Thai variety was introduced from China. Milkweed is a toxic plant that can grow up to 1.5 meters. The plant is used medicinally in the tropics. It can be used as laxative, pain relief and for the treatment of scrofula, inhibit blood, etc. At present, this plant is also use as decorative item because of beautiful flowers.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-03 1:14]

Excellent macro. Good detail on butterfly and flower. I can see the texture in the wing. Very nice. Great detail of the butterfly head and eye and a well managed exposure of the difficult blacks and whites.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-06-03 1:29]

Wow, that is some close-up, Jitti. : )
The details are amazing, and the colors are gorgeous.
I like the way the antennae are oriented forward, thus making this a well-balanced composition.
The DOF gives you a lovely BG.
TFS. : )

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-06-03 1:58]

Hi Jitti

A lovely composition with interesting POV. Great detail on the butterfly and the delicate little flower. Colours are vibrant and the BG well isolated and OOF. Good exposure levels with amazing contrasts.

A brilliant macro worthy of a "wow".

Well done and TFS.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-06-03 2:19]

Oh Jitti, this is excellent. Colours and sharpness, composition and beauty - all superb!

Very nice close-up shot Jitti.
Love the colors, color contrast, details and green color tones in the BG.
Pity ther is a little distracting piece of grass on the right hand side wich seems to grow out of the butterfly's wing.
Best regards and have a nice sunday, Harry

Hello JC,
Close-up work is well done, bold framing!
Great colours & details in this fine specimen, lovely light brings out the details so well!
Pablo -

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-03 3:46]

Hi Jitti,
Fantastic close-up of this tiger. Very sharp, neat and nice colours. Perfect lighting and focus and a superb BG. Excellent POV to portray its body and a precise DOF. Wonderfully done. Very nicely composed and presented. Kudos.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-06-03 3:58]

Hi Jitti,
Smart crop and original pov. I like the composition you've got.
TFS, JosÚ M.

Hi dear jitti ,
Great details and amazing colours.
background is excellent too.
A perfest capture.


The combination of the striped tiger and the blood flower is one of the best. Excellent closeup.

Murali Santhanam

hi Jitti, wonderful macro with fantastic details.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-03 11:22]

Hi Jitti,

Excellent and very interesting pov. This is a marvelous macro showing the butterfly at work. Colors and clarity could not be better. I can see and almost feel the textures. Beautiful flower and excellent bg. Bravo on this one!


Eye-catching composition with the butterfly and flowers, JC.
The insect's forelegs hold the flowers firmly while its proboscis probes for nectar in one of the flowers.
Great sharpness, colours and DOF.
Well done and TFS.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-03 11:52]

Hi Jitti.
What a great macro. Amazing pictured scene, terrific magnification ratio, wonderful rich colours and precisely selected DOF. I am impressed with your POV too. Superb work. Bravo.

hi jitti
pas de bruit sur le BG des couleurs superbes et un bon POV.tres detaillÚs.

Hello Jitti
Great closeup of this Tiger,
Perfect focusing , lighting and sharpness,
Fantastic colors and BG, Welldone, TFS

Good Luck

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-06-03 15:30]

Espectacular macro!!
Just wonderful and perfect! Fantastic details and beautiful composition.
Magnificent job, Jitti.
Congratulations and TFS

Hi Jitti,
Excellent macro shot! Great sharpness and very neat BG.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-04 7:47]

Hi Jitti,
this macro is very good and I like the composition with this crop a lot.
POV, details and colors are fabulous.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-04 9:43]
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Hello Jitti,
Great macro showing sharp details of the butterfly collecting nectar from an Asclepia (I think!). Lovely colours and pleasing soft background.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-06 23:03]

Hello Jitti

This is a superb close up.The details are sharp and crisp.Beautiful colours.The DOF and POV are excellent.The colours are well saturated.The BG is amazing.TFS


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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-07-02 20:31]
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Amazing shot revealing nice details from this beautiful butterfly. Well taken, Jitti! I thought it was a monarch butterfly..
Excellent shot!

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