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Butterfly #70 (Mating #9) P. polytes

Butterfly #70 (Mating #9) P. polytes
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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: 2009-01-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E510, ZUIKO DIGITAL 70-300mm 1:4-5.6
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies from Thailand #2, Mating Butterflies Photos from Thailand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-09-19 0:51
Viewed: 4284
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
From time to time I go back to this butterfly park that nestled in the Rot Fai Park. This time I found this beautiful couple. I have photos of individual male and female of this species in the the wild. I will post both photos in the near future.

Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae วงศ์ผีเสื้อหาง
Subfamily: Papilioninae
Genus: Papilio สกุลผีเสื้อหางติ่ง
Species: P. polytes
Common Name: Common Mormon ผีเสื้อหางติ่งธรรมดา
Location: Butterfly Garden in Suan Rot Fai Park (สวนวชิรเบญจทัศ)

The Common Mormon is a common species of swallowtail butterfly widely distributed across Asia. This butterfly is known for the mimicry displayed by the numerous forms of its females which mimic inedible Red-bodied Swallowtails, such as the Common Rose and the Crimson Rose.

The common name is an allusion to the polygamy formerly practiced by members of the Mormon sect according to Harish Gaonkar, of the Natural History Museum in London:
...the origins of giving common English names to organisms, particularly butterflies for tropical species started in India around the mid 19th century ... The naming of Mormons evolved slowly. I think the first to get such a name was the Common Mormon (Papilio polytes), because it had three different females, a fact that could only have been observed in the field, and this they did in India. The name obviously reflected the ... Mormon sect in America, which as we know, practiced polygamy.
The scientific name is constructed from the Latin word for butterfly, papilio, and the Greek word for many, poly.
(From Wikipedia)

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amazing capture, TFS Ori

Interesting capture,nice photo.Regards.Alin.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-09-19 17:21]

Hi Jitti,

Great timing to capture this couple in a fantastic position. You captured the moment perfectly. Colors and details are superb. The background is magnificent and enhance the beauty of the Common Mormons. They remind me of a partially opened clam shell.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-09-20 0:25]

Good natural history image, fine capture. tfs.

very good,Jitti.. in the management of light in this capture between the leaves of the tree... the copula of this species of butterflies has a particular result graphically interesting ,that I like me.

ciao sERGIO

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-09-20 11:16]

Hello Jitti !
I missed your butterflies during my absence, you're so good in photographing these insects. This species is particularly wonderful, I love the black color and the shape of the wings. The vivid colors of the BG, the details and the composition are splendid, too - a real pleasure for the eyes. Very well done !

Hello Jitti
this shot is wonderful of this two Common Mormon, this species is very beautiful and you have captured this butterflies with perfect details, great ose and POV
Superb colors and nice BG
Have a good night

hello Jitti

paparazzi style very beautiful photo i love the POV
and the diaporama style appropriate framing you gived,
with the POV it is a different photo of thys style of photo
that i see in TN, the focus is excellent with great sharpness
and details, and excellent contrast, TFS


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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2009-09-22 18:53]

Hello Jitti.
Unusual and acrobatic pose for a couple.
Nice sharpness and contrast between the butterflies and the BG.
Greetings and TFS.

Buen formato para esta impresionante escena. Contraluz muy conseguido además por el fondo de luz y de hojas verdes. Un conjunto maravilloso.
Saludos Jitti: Josep Ignasi.

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