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Great Orange Tip Butterfly

Great Orange Tip Butterfly
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Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/3.6, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-17 15:15
Viewed: 4258
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Great Orange Tip Butterfly (Hebomoia glaucippe)

- pictured at Maximillian-Park, Hamm, North-Rhine-Westfalia -

Aptly named, the great orange tip butterfly bears bright white wings that are marked with an orange area along the upper edge of the forewings. Specimens are captured for collectors in the wilds of Asia, but are also reared in captivity. The relatively common butterflies, scientifically referred to as Hebomoia glaucippe, are often released at weddings and used for live displays.

The largest of the lepidopteran family Pieridae found in Asia, the great orange tip butterfly is represented by 27 subspecies. The females are darker than the male butterflies and feature additional black wing markings. In stark contrast to the bright upper surfaces, the undersides of the wings and body of the great orange tip adult closely mimic the appearance of a leaf. Depending on the subspecies, the butterfly may appear either a dried brown or a live green marked with a highly detailed midrib and branching vein design. When at rest, the great orange tip butterfly holds its wings still in the upright position and remains well hidden from predators in the Asiatic forests.

One of the speediest butterflies, the great orange tip tends to fly in the morning and prefers the fringes of forests, rather than their centers. The lepidopterans also frequent wetlands, the males congregating during the heat of the day on the moist ground to gather salts and other nutrients essential for successful reproduction. Females, on the other hand, seldom leave the cover of the tropical forest. Despite their great numbers, adult members of the species are very hard to catch because they are such powerful fliers.

In the larval stage, great orange tip butterflies are not especially large or speedy. The caterpillars tend to move slowly, methodically feeding upon the leaves of Capparidaceae plants, including the garlic pear. The newly hatched larvae are a khaki green color and are covered with numerous long, stiff, white or clear spine-like bristles. Caterpillars in the later stages lose their body bristles, transform into a blue-green color, and feature a pair of thoracic red and blue false eyespots, which help them to deceive potential predators. When startled, a great orange tip caterpillar swells its thorax and thrashes around in a defensive behavior that makes it appear much larger than it really is.

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To peter_stoeckl: Dankewallhalla15 1 03-17 17:08
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Hi Heinz,

Its a dream for me to capture this beauty in all its splendor,This pic has everything in it which one can ask for.Though the butterfly is old its beauty of it still glows.Thx for sharing this pic with us.


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  • methos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
  • [2007-03-17 15:32]

Hi Heinz,
Great details on this butterfly.
Nice composition and BG!

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-03-17 15:37]

Guten Abend Heinz,
erstmals an diesem Wochenende habe ich mal wieder etwas Zeit für TN.
Hebomoia glaucippe ist auf deinem Bild mit seinen filigranen Zeichnungen der Flügelunterseiten gut und scharf zu sehen. Die Farben der Zeichnungen, insbesondere auch die orangefarbene Fläche, sind äußerst natürlich dargestellt.

Im Freiland konnte ich die Art schon oft beobachten, vor allem auf Sulawesi. Sie fliegt 'sauschnell' und setzt sich kaum und wenn, dann nur sehr kurzzeitig und bewegungsreich, auf Blüten, um dann im 'Affentempo' wieder davonzujagen. Zudem ist die Art äußerst scheu ... kaum eine Chance für ein Foto.
Schöne Grüße, Peter

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-17 15:54]

That is a beautiful butterfly, Heinz... one not often seen on TN.
Very sharp details and fantastic light.
I love the way the orange comes through the first wing and we can see two different tones of the orange.
An excellent POV. TFS. : )

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-03-17 16:00]

I love this picture, Heinz! What a beauty!
I like a lot the shape and colors of the wings, and how the orange is seen through the first! You captured it with perfect details and wonderful POV and DOF. Excellent colors and composition.
Marvellous job!
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes

Another butterfly image of incomparable beauty from you, Heinz.
Fantastic colours, textures and designs on the wings that a naked eye cannot perceive that clearly.
TFS and best regards.

Very good colours, very good quality and very nice picture.

Hallo Heinz,
prächtiger tropischer Weißling und ein sehr schön aus bloß zwei Elementen komponiertes Bild mit delikatem Farbkontrast von Blassgrün zu Orange. Eine Erinnerung daran, dass wir wohl auch bald auch die ersten Aurorafalter zu Gesicht bekommen werden.
Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

Hi Heinz,
Very good image; a sharp butterfly photograph. Well composed.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-03-17 18:09]

Bonsoir Heinz
Très belle macro, attitude du sujet, cadrage, gestion des couleurs et de la luminosité.
Amicalement Robi

Hola Heinz,
Un macro extraordinario y de gran belleza por la composición, luz y excelente nitidez conseguidas. Saludos

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-03-17 20:01]

Heinz, what a beautiful specimen. Aptly named - Orange Tip Butterfly. Very good sharpness and calrity. TFS

Hi Heinz,
That is a beauty! Nice quality light and a spot on exposure. The colors and dtail in this are superb. Very well done my friend!

hi heinz,
beautiful butterfly captured with perfection, well composed shot, nice point of view, the blurred bg suits the shot well,lovely colour tones, sharp image with good details,
tfs & regards

Hi Heinz,
you show us a beautiful butterfly and you have captured it well. Well composed, nice colours and good POV.
The DOF is also good, the subject standout well and the details is good but I think you could a slightly more sharpen.
Beautiful work, my friend.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2007-03-18 3:07]

Hi Heinz,
good shot, interesting b-fly and note, excellent quality of photo. I like it.

Hello My Friend

What a lovely shot. Very nice light, well composed with all the technical stuff spot on. Congrats!

Hallo Heinz,
Du warst schon dort .... bin neidisch!
So ein schöner Schmetterling - und schärfer geht es nicht, einfach genial!
Gefällt mir sehr, vielen Dank und liebe Grüße
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-03-18 7:08]

hi Heinz

très jolie image, la composition est particulièrement soignée, la lumière bien dosée. Très bons détails également.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-18 7:18]

Hi Heinz.
I congratulate you on picture of so beautifulness and quality of execution. Pictured scene is amazing: charming butterfly on very nice leaf at fantastic of beauty BG. Terrific lighting and colours of the butterfly, sharpness of its image and outstanding composition. Bravo, my dear friend. Great work.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-18 8:09]

Hello Heinz,
I don't think I've seen this beautiful butterfly before! Very nicely captured in beautiful light that brings out the bright orange on the upper wings. The underwing looks just like a leaf! Great sharpness and all nicely in focus. Looks lovely against the dark green background.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-18 8:17]

Hallo Heinz,
Eine wunderschoene Aufnahme! Wunderbar harmonische Farben, klasse Schaerfe und eine vorzueglich gelungene Bildkomposition! Die Freistellung vor dem neutralen und ruhigen HG ist Dir bestens gelungen. Ein Foto, das Vorfreude auf den Sommer weckt,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-03-18 8:59]

Hallo Heinz,
Feine Präsentation dieses Asiatischen Weisslings, der mich stark an unsere Auraorafalter erinnert. Schön wie das Orange des Oberseitenflügels durschimmert.Ich kannte diesen Falter noch nicht.
Herzlichen Dank

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-03-18 17:28]

Hello Heinz , A Fantastic shot ,beauty butterfly , good colours compositie sharpnes , Greetings Teunie .

Hello Heinz,
I think you nailed this one, great work mf.
Perfect exposure and color. Sharp, detailed, and well composed. The POV is excellent also :)
Very well done.

Hi Heinz,
you are back and in a big way! The lighting is truly sophisticated here. The inside orange tips shine through, great.
With my best regards,

Hi Heinz,
Nice butterfly.
Very nice composition and BG!


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