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Blue Mormon

Blue Mormon
Photo Information
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: 2005-03-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/3.0, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-08-11 4:25
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Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Papilio polymnestor (Blue Mormon)
- pictured at Maximillian-Park, Hamm, North-Rhine-Westfalia -

Local distribution: Sri Lanka

Wingspan of 115-145 mm. The second largest swallowtail butterfly in the island. The upperside of the male is black and bright silvery blue. The rows of black oval markings on the hind wing are distinguishable even in flight. In the female, much of the blue on the upper surface is replaced by shades of gray and salmon. The male is smaller than the female.

Similar species

Status, distribution and habitat
A widely distributed species, and though common, never plentiful. It occurs from sea level to the highest hills. It prefers wooded areas with open corridors. The widespread cultivation of many citrus species in home gardens has made it a delightful sight around human habitations.

A patrolling species that moves about a great deal in search of food and nectar. Its wing beats are somewhat slow but powerful. It stays within ten to fifteen feet above ground, seldom flying high up in the canopy. When it flies in the open, it has a fast undulating flight, and it sways unpredictably from side to side, making it difficult to capture. When threatened, its flight becomes swift and erratic allowing it to get away quickly. It is seldom seen far from cover and often darts in and out of clumps of vegetation in its search for mates or nectar. In home gardens, it visits flowers such as Hibiscus, Duranta and other introduced ornamentals. Like other swallowtails, it keeps its wings in continuous motion while nectaring, its legs barely holding on to the petals. In hot dry weather, the males settle on wet soil to mud-sip.


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Hey Heinz,

What an excellent and dramatic shot. WOW. I love the strong contrasts and the paterns. Well done

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2005-08-11 5:19]

A beauty Heinz. Amazing wings, great sharpness, details and colours. Classic composition works well. Good job!

I think you did a good job here Heinz,
self I photograph this specie a couple of times and I find it a differcult one. Yours is good in pov and the colours are very nice, composition is well taken, good job,
gr. jaap

Hi Heinz!
Superb shot! This butterfly is amazing and your photo is just marvellous.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-08-11 12:43]

Heinz, excellent colors, pov and composition.

The butterfly is very beautiful; your picture really shows that.

I like lighting and bg too.

Good shot Heinz,
Good detail and great POV. Nicely exposed. Nicely composed. Excellent notes and nicely framed.
Well captured, thanks for posting.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-08-11 14:30]

Hi Heinz,
superb b-fly! I like it very much. Good colours and sharpness. Interesting note. Well done.
Rgs, Aleksander

what a shot! so beautiful and sharp. TFS!

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-08-11 16:46]

Hallo Heinz,

Yours is also nearly perfect. very nice picture.
Is it realy the natural colour?

Maybe the only remark to the composition a bit more excited,



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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-08-11 17:27]

Such a beauty!
Wonderful butterfly!
Very good colors and details!

Hello heinz

Wow... wonderful shot. The pattern on the wings is lovely. Great colours, good light, nice POV. You have captured this well. Thanks.

Very nice shot for a very big butterfly!
Very good POV
TFS, Laurent

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-12 7:21]

Hi Heinz, I have no time to write a decent comment. I give to you the well deserved smily.
Day thought: Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. ~ Carl Jung ~
Thank you for sharing pictures and notes and for the enjoyment which they give to me.

Nice shot Heinz, Good details, colors, light and POV..Well done.

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  • ryyck Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 176] (994)
  • [2005-09-08 17:14]

Bele borboleta, parabéns!

Beautiful capture.

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