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Lime Butterfly

Lime 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: 2007-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, Raynox DCR 150 macro lens
Exposure: f/3.6, 1/40 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-10 3:07
Viewed: 4657
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 32
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Papilio demoleus malayanus (Lime Butterfly)

The Common Lime or the Lemon Butterfly (Papilio demoleus) is a common and widespread Swallowtail butterfly. It gets its name from its host plants which are usually citrus species such as the lime. It is also sometimes called the Chequered Swallowtail. Unlike most swallowtail butterflies it does not have a prominent tail.

Oman, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, western and possibly eastern Afghanistan and western Pakistan. Sri Lanka, India and Nepal. Andamans. Burma, Thailand, the Philippines, Kampuchea, southern China (including Hainan, Guangdong province), Taiwan, Japan (rare strays), Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia (Kalimantan, Sumatra, Sula, Talaud, Flores, Alor and Sumba), Papua & New Guinea, Australia (including Lord Howe's island), apparently Hawaii and possibly other Pacific Ocean islands. Formerly absent from Borneo it is now one of the commonest Papilionids in Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo, Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) and in Brunei.

Very Common. It is perhaps the most widely distributed swallowtail in the world.

It's range indicates the butterfly's tolerance and adaptation to diverse habitats. It is to be found in savannahs, fallow lands, gardens, evergreen and semi-evergreen forests and shows a preference for stream and riverbeds.

In India it is mostly found in the plains but can be found on the hills of peninsular India and up to 7000 feet in the Himalayas. It is common in urban gardens and may also be encountered in wooded country.

This butterfly is an avid mud-puddler and visitor of flowers. It basks with its wings held wide open on tufts of grass, herbs and generally keeps within a metre above the ground, even on cloudy days. It relies on its quick flight for escape.

It is an interesting butterfly in that it has a number of modes of flight. In the cool of the morning, the flight is slow considering that it is an edible and unprotected swallowtail. As the day progresses, it flies fast, straight and low. In the hotter part of the day, it may be found settling on damp patches where it will remain motionless, except for an occasional flutter of wings, if not disturbed.

It is also a frequent visitor of flowers in gardens, where it shows a preference for flowers of smaller herbs rather than larger plants such as the ubiquitous Lantana with its plentiful blooms. It can be found swarming in the groves of its foodplants.

While resting, the butterfly closes its wing over its back and draws the forewings between the hindwings.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-05-10 3:09]

Hello Heinz,
I got used to your fine images and also this one is a fine one. The butterfly itself is very colourfull and against the light green background it looks great. I might have chosen a less tight crop leaving all of the leaf in. OVerall, a nice image!
Cheers, Jacob

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-10 3:52]

Hello Heinz,
Very fine capture of this beautiful Lime Butterfly. Sharp details of the beautiful pattern and colours are truly beautiful. Lovely composition too but I find the lime green background a bit bright.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

bonjour heinz
ce specimen est magnifique avec ses couleurs et aussi les formes de ses ailes.
bon POV et DOF.
la nettetéest aussi correcte.

Hello Heinz,
Very colourful presentation. Especially i liked the green background. Good sharpness and details. TFS,

Hello Heinz

A fine shot of this beautiful butterfly. Very well composed showing clear, sharp details. Well done my friend! :-)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-05-10 5:46]

Heinz, this is exquisite! Beautifully presented - sharp details, colours superb, NO problems at all from me:)))

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-05-10 7:28]

Hello my friend,
Another pleasure for me eyes from you. This species is lovely and you caught it well. Heinz + FZ50 = a good pair ;-) The good POV allows a superb profile. Sharpness, DOF, colors & light are great.
Bravo and thanks for sharing this beauty

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-10 8:57]

Hallo Heinz,
mein Kompliment. Optimale Schaerfe und auch die Gestaltung nicht außer acht gelassen. Durch den neutralen HG bekommen die Farben und details super zur Geltung.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-10 9:51]

Hi Heinz.
You have found a very nice specimen and created a great butterfly shot. Bravo and my congratulations. Brilliant composition and framing. Amazing soft and effective light, impressive rich colours and perfect sharpness and details of the butterfly and leaf. BG is simply fairy-tale. My best wishes and TFS.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-05-10 11:43]

Hi Heinz,
Absolutely beautiful butterfly captured with maximum details from the best pov. Wondeful colours, sharpness and background.
TFS, José M.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2007-05-10 13:54]

ah my friend Heinz,
it is a very good one my friend,this remember me on the fuji7000 time from you, good pov, fantastic quality, very good photojob here,
have a nice day.
gr. jaap

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-05-11 3:25]

Hello Heinz,
The colors on this butterfly are just beautiful.
A great POV with good details.
I like the curled-up proboscis so clearly shown.
Nice BG too.
TFS. : )

Hi Heinz,
Good sharp and well composed Lime Butterfly.
TFS and have a nice weekend.

Hi Heinz,
Very Nice capture of this beautiful Lime Butterfly.

Where you get chance to see so many beautiful


Hi Heinz!
Great colors, POV and DOF, perfect composition and details. Well done!

Hello Heinz.

Excellent picture, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

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