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Brown Clipper (Parthenos sylvia)

Brown Clipper (Parthenos sylvia)
Photo Information
Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K20D, Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 DI LD (IF)Macro, ISO 400, 77mm Tokina ATX MC Skylight 1b
Exposure: f/16, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-04 9:13
Viewed: 3849
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Parthenos
Species: P. sylvia
Binomial name: Parthenos sylvia(Cramer, 1775)

The Clipper (Parthenos sylvia) is a species of nymphalid butterfly found in South and South-East Asia. It is species found mostly in forested areas. The Clipper is a fast flying butterfly and has a habit of flying with its wings flapped stiffly between the horizontal position and a few degrees below the horizontal. It may glide between spurts of flapping.

Male and female. Upperside : ground-colour a bright bronze-green, the subhyaline white spots near the apex of cell in the fore wing more opaque, the broad discal band of large white spots proportionately more basal further from the termen and very irregular, the spots, especially towards the hinder part of the wing, more widely separated, the spot in interspace 5 more acutely triangular and smaller, the two spots above shifted obliquely inwards towards the costa, making the outer margin of the discal band angulate at interspaces 5 and 6. Hind wing: the postdiscal and sub-terminal markings broader and more diffuse than in P. gambrisius, giving a dark shade to the whole of the apical half of the wing. Underside pale greenish grey. Fore wing: the spots and markings except the basal black streaks as on the upperside, the groundcolour fading to an ashy grey towards the terminal margin. Hind wing similar to the underside of hind wing of P. gambrisius, but the discal transverse sinuous black line very broken and incomplete, the postdiscal, subterminal and terminal black markings somewhat better denned. Antennae black; head, thorax and abdomen bronze green, barred with black above ; beneath whitish.

Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 DI LD (IF)Macro
Date/time original 31-3-2009 13:47:41
Exposure time 1/100 s
F-number f/16
ISO speed ratings ISO 400
Exposure bias value 0.00 eV
Metering mode Pattern
Focal length 170 mm
White balance Auto white balance

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-04-04 9:25]

Hallo Thijs,
Mooie scherpe foto in natuurlijke kleuren en een uitstekende diagonale compositie. Goede vage achtergrond.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-04-04 10:09]

Hola Thijs.
Great super Macro. Nice and well framed. Beuatiful colors.
TFS My friend.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2009-04-04 10:24]

hello sir
Fantastic pictures of this beautiful butterfly. very nice composition and good details in the picture.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-04-04 10:44]

Hello Thijs
Wonderful capture with great details and beautiful colors.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-04-04 11:01]

Hello Thijs,
Beautiful shot. Fantastic pose with the wings wide open. Very good colors and patterns. Very crisp details and great composition. Well done, and TFS. Best regards Siggi

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  • luibu Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13 W: 0 N: 54] (508)
  • [2009-04-04 12:54]

Ciao thijs.
Gran bella macro, dettaglio molto buono. Ciao Luigino

Hello Thijs
very very beautiful butterfly and excellent macro shot. greetings.

Such a beautifully executed macro shot of a veteran Clipper Thijs, within a fine composition. Your sharp and well exposed image provides us with a rich mixture of pattern and colouration details. TFS this indeed!

Olá, Thijs!

Very good POV, good focus and details.
It´s a pity that its wings are broken.
Good job here, friend. Congratulations.


Excelente presentación que aún embellece más al conjunto. Bien captados la multitud de colores delas alas y un bello contraste con la flor.
Saludos Thijs: Josep Ignasi.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-04 16:25]

Hi Thijs,isn't easy to found words to comment an incredible beauty of nature like that! And what a great quality of sharpness and colors taken from a best POV as possible! My best compliments,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

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