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Common lime (Papilio demoleus)

Common lime (Papilio demoleus)
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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: 2009-04-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K20D, Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Macro 1:1, ISO 400, 55mm B+W Skylight KR1,5
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/25 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-13 10:38
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Points: 18
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Subfamily: Papilioninae
Genus: Papilio
Species: P. demoleus
Binomial name: Papilio demoleus(Linnaeus, 1758)

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.

Description :

Upperside black. Fore wing: base below cell and basal half of latter so irrorated with yellow scales as to form more or less complete transverse dotted lines, two outwardly oblique yellow spots in cell and a curved spot at its upper apex; a spot at base and another beyond it in interspace 8; a discal transverse series of cream-yellow spots irregular in arrangement and size extends from interspace la to 8; the series interrupted in interspace 5 and the spot in interspace 7 double; this is followed by a sinuous postdiscal series of spots and an admarginal terminal series of smaller spots. In many specimens between the discal and postdiscal series the black ground-colour is irrorated with yellowish scales. Hind wing: base and an edging that decreases in width along the dorsal margin irrorated with yellow scales; followed by a broad medial yellow irregular band, a sinuous postdiscal series of outwardly emarginate yellow spots and a terminal series of smaller similarly coloured spots as on the fore wing. The inner margin of the medial band is curved inwards, the outer margin is very irregular and uneven; in the cell the band does not reach the apex, but beyond the cell there are one or more cream-yellow spots, and the black groundcolour is irrorated with yellowish scales; finally at the tornal angle there is an oval ochraceous-red spot emarginate on its inner side in the female and in both sexes surmounted by a blue lunule; while in interspace 7 between the medial band and the postdiscal spot there is a large ocellus-like spot of the black ground-colour more or less irrorated with blue scales.

Underside: ground-colour similar, the cream-coloured markings paler and conspicuously larger. The latter differ from those on the upperside as follows:

Fore wing: basal half of cell and base of wing below it with cream-coloured streaks that coalesce at base; irregular ochraceous spots in interspaces 5 to 8 and the discal series of spots complete not interrupted in interspace 5.

Hind wing: the black at base of wing and along the dorsal margin centred largely with pale cream-colour; the ocellus in interspace 7, the apex of the cell and the black groundcolour between the medial band and postdiscal markings in interspaces 2-6 centred with ochraceous, margined with blue.

Antennae dark reddish brown, touched with ochraceous on the innerside towards the club; head, thorax and abdomen dusky black, the head and thorax anteriorly streaked with cream-vellow: beneath: the palpi, thorax and abdomen cream-yellow with lateral longitudinal black lines on the last.

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-04-13 10:49]

Hi Thijs
This is a wonderful shot of this beauty.
I like the POV,colors and framing a lot.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-04-13 10:57]

Hi Thijs.
Great close-up with stunning details of the butterfly and the most impressive POV. I am amazed with long exposure tine and crisp sharpness of the image. Lights are wonderful too and smooth and nicely coloured BG is very pleasant for eyes and supplements the pictured beauty perfectly. Well done and kind regards.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-04-13 11:20]

Hi Thijs. This is waht you call a macro shot. You taken this one with good detail and natural colours. Sharp focusing around the eye and back. well done TFS.Interesting notes too.


hallo Thijs
super scherpe compositie
goede details en mooi van kleur
super picture
groetjes lou

Such a fine portrait study of a Common Lime in profile Thijs, its coiled proboscis, ink jet compound eye and antennae look so nice against the blurry, green BG. Also excellent notes, TFS it indeed!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-04-14 8:19]

Hallo Thijs,
Wonderbaarlijke scherpte in deze foto. Uitstekend keuze van compositie. Mooie natuurlijke kleuren, zeker ook in de achtergrond.

This is kind of pictures that impresses each and everybody Thijs! It has ton of details and its well exposed. No nits really

Hello Thijs,
WOW! fantastic close up, superb sharpness, depth of
field and details, beautiful colors, wonderful clarity,
and lovely oof background.
Thanks Angela

hello Thijs!
really sharp close up of this species of papilio..perfect details and excellent definition

best sERGIO

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