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Papilio demoleus

Papilio demoleus
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Copyright: teunie polak (wuta) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-29 13:17
Viewed: 4989
Points: 84
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks Thijs for the right name, and indeed it is a female.Catonephele orites, or the Orange-banded shoemaker butterfly is a species of butterfly found in Costa Rica, Colombia, and northwest Ecuador. It is indeed a specie where where I can find almost nothing on the internet.
So I have this for you. what ia a butterfly.

Butterflies are beautiful, flying insects with large scaly wings. Like all insects, they have six jointed legs, 3 body parts, a pair of antennae, compound eyes, and an exoskeleton. The three body parts are the head, thorax (the chest), and abdomen (the tail end).

The butterfly's body is covered by tiny sensory hairs. The four wings and the six legs of the butterfly are attached to the thorax. The thorax contains the muscles that make the legs and wings move.

Butterflies are very good fliers. They have two pairs of large wings covered with colorful, iridescent scales in overlapping rows. Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) are the only insects that have scaly wings. The wings are attached to the butterfly's thorax (mid-section). Veins support the delicate wings and nourish them with blood.
Butterflies can only fly if their body temperature is above 86 degrees. Butterflies sun themselves to warm up in cool weather. As butterflies age, the color of the wings fades and the wings become ragged.

The speed varies among butterfly species (the poisonous varieties are slower than non-poisonous varieties). The fastest butterflies (some skippers) can fly at about 30 mile per hour or faster. Slow flying butterflies fly about 5 mph.


Butterflies and moths undergo complete metamorphosis in which they go through four different life stages.

Butterflies and moths can only sip liquid food using a tube-like proboscis, which is a long, flexible "tongue." This proboscis uncoils to sip food, and coils up again into a spiral when not in use. Most butterflies live on nectar from flowers. Some butterflies sip the liquid from rotting fruits and a rare few prefer rotting animal flesh or animal fluids (the Harvester butterfly pierces the bodies of woolly aphids with its sharp proboscis and drinks the body fluids).

Butterflies are found all over the world and in all types of environments: hot and cold, dry and moist, at sea level and high in the mountains. Most butterfly species, however, are found in tropical areas, especially tropical rainforests.

It is estimated that there are about 150,000 different species of butterflies and moths (there may be many more). There are about 28,000 butterfly species worldwide, the rest are moths.
I found it
here it is for little children but it is good for my English lesson. fun.

This shot is taken in de butterfly garden de Berkenhof, I hope you like it .Greetings Teunie .

Alex99, Pentaxfriend, mikou, horia, carper, livios, jhm, hester, aido, saeedabbasi, NellyD, Necipp, thor68, JORAPAVI, loot, scottevers7, ramthakur, marhowie, uleko, SelenE, Hormon_Manyer, peter_stoeckl, PDP, Christopher_PL, maurydv has marked this note useful
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To aido: hope you are both well.wuta 1 04-02 13:57
To Pentaxfriend: Hallo Thijs,wuta 1 03-30 12:28
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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-03-29 13:25]

Hi Teunie,
Such an artistic shot. Lovely colours and sharpness. Very interesting patterns around the leaf. Excellent light management and POV. Very nicely composed and framed. Kudos.

Wonderful butterfly!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-29 13:35]

Hi Teunie.
Fantastic in its unusualness and beautifulness scene you have pictured. Great contrast colour palette, crisp sharpness and perfect details of the subject. Amazing POV. Your work if art is full of beauty, feelings and skillfulness. Bravo and my congratulations.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-29 13:50]

Ha teunie,

een leuke compositie en niet echt een plaats waar je een vlinder zou verwachen,de kleuren passen op zicht goed bij elkaar,groetjes


Ha Teunie,

Pracht shot van deze niet alledaagse vlinder
ID is volgens mij (Catonephele orites, or the Orange-banded shoemaker butterfly female)
maar het is zeker geen Swallowtail.
Scherpte en kleur zijn Perfect
Leuke compo

TFS Thijs

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-03-29 14:10]

Hi Teunie.
Your interesting and unusualness capture of this butterfly is beautiful.I like composition,pretty details and contrast dark butterfly agains bright leaf.Well done,TFS.
Best greetings Milos.

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2007-03-29 15:16]

Preciosa mariposa, fantastico POV, los colores y la nitidez excelentes!! Saludos.

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  • BeBe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 123 W: 0 N: 253] (931)
  • [2007-03-29 22:55]

Hi Teunie, very good sharp photo, excellent composition and combination of colors, Juan

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-30 6:24]

Hello Teunie and very nice to see another piccture from you!

This is a fantastic shot! The contrasting colors here are outstadning and really eye-catching :)
Not only did you capture this wonderful butterfly in a splendid pose and from a great POV, but also managed to create a wonderful effect between the dark butterfly/bright leaf/and again dark water.
The surface tention of the water is a very nice toutch and adds to the overall composition.
The details are crispy clear and the exposure is superbly handled.
All-in-all: a brilliant work!

Bravo and TFS

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2007-03-30 12:44]

mooie foto teunie,
prachtige capture, Ja ik was erbij en het moest snel en goed, nu dat heb je uitstekend uitgevoerd. goed werk.
groet Jaap

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-03-31 11:32]

Teunie, this is really very nice.

Excellent colors and saturation.

I like sharpness and lighting too.


Beautiful colors and very shar details in this very nice capture. I like the butterfly on the lillypad. I've never seen a shot like that before. :)

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-04-01 6:48]

Hallo Teuni,

U plaatst niet veel foto's, maar het zijn stuk voor stuk klappers, ook deze hier, met de vlinder die plat op het blad ligt, bijna een borduursel Teuni, zo goed samengesteld, en de kleuren zijn ook ech, wij kijken met plezeier naar uw foto's.

Jenny vrouw van John.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-01 12:29]

Stunning composition Teunie. The butterfly is beautiful with a great POV and lovely and sharp but what makes this shot is the great BG. Beautiful colours and details in the leaf



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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-04-01 21:55]
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Hi Teunie!
Very nice image! A very unusual but excellent background, beautiful patterns around the edge of the leaf. Great detail, exposure and colours, excellent composition. I really couldn't improve on this, a great image.
Hi to Jaap, hope you are both well.

Hi teunie ,
very nice image with excellent composed.
light , sharpness and colours are great.
very well done
thanks for sharing

Hoi Teunie,

Wat een mooie opname van deze vlinder en het blad waar hij op zit ziet er ook erg apart uit.
Mooie kleuren en ik vind de compositie ook erg goed.

Groetjes, Nel

Nice shot Teunie detail looks fine and a beautiful background. Technically nice work. Rgds Necip.

Hi Teunie,
Your pictures are interesting.
Amazing photo, excellent composition. Good idea. Very well done. Tfs. Stev

Hello Teunie,
This is a very special capture, wow! A butterfly on the water, this is truly amazing. The contrast between the dark water, the plant and the butterfly is superb and so are those details, exposure and POV. This is a very nice post and TFS,

bonjour teunie
l'endroit ou il est posé n'est pas banal,c'est un petit peu loin pour profiter pleinement des details du papillons mais sinon le nenuphar aurait été coupé.

Hi ya Wuta,

Is that a lilypad the b'fly is on? The "fringes" around the leaf are interesting.
Reminds me a bit of "zeekwallen".

The leaf itself provides a nice contrast to this dark subject. Tfs, J.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2007-04-29 16:13]

wow, terrific composition, teunie! :-)
the pretty butterfly resting on the big leaf
of the waterplant which looks kind of like
butterfly-wings itself is awesome.
there is wonderful contrast between the dark b-fly and the big bright-green leaf.
well seen & captured, thor.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-29 16:26]

Hello Teunie

Neat photo of this beautiful butterfly on a lily pad.Nicely composed the circular pad and circular wings make a neat image.The colours are very good,and the lighting is wonderful .Excellent POV and DOF.TFS


Hola Teunie,
Bonita composición y bello posadero para esta preciosa mariposa, excelente trabajo. Saludos
José Ramón

HI Teunie,
I missed this beauty - a wonderful arrangement, this noble butterfly on the beautiful leaf. I also like the forms around the leaf, looks a little abstract.
Excellent, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Quelle magnifique composition, quelles belles couleurs.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-05-14 5:30]
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Hi Teunie

Splendid shot of this butterfly on the leaf. I like the contrasts created by the dark insect on the bright leaf floating on the surface of the dark water mass. I just wonder what those circular (fractal) lines found all around the edge of the leaf are. Some places I can actually see small bubbles inside the bigger circles, but somehow I cannot figure out what really created those intriguing patterned fractal-art like circles.

Although the leaf is central on the photo there are other influences that affect the composition such as the butterfly that occupies an off-centre position on the leaf and those interesting patterns around the leaf. The colours are great and the details are quite sufficient of the butterfly and pretty sharp on the leaf.

Well done and TFS.

PS. Say "hi" and greetings to Jaap too.

Hi Teunie,
That is a very beautiful and artistic composition. Such an amazing contrast. The exposure looks perfect here. Rich color saturation and sharp detail. Great shot!

It is an honour to be visited by you, Teunie.
Thanks for saying kind words on a very modest picture I posted today.
I thought I might as well record my gratitude here with this most artistic presentation of a butterfly.
Compositions such as this one are rather rare on TN.
Thanks for sharing it and still hoping you would resume posting on TN when you are inclined to it.
Best regards.

Hallo Teunie,

Het is een prachtige foto, het komposisie is erg mooi. Wel gedaan.


Hello Teunie,
This is really original and artictic composition. I like the place where you photographed this butterfly - really unusual as for this group of insects. Very good DOF, colours, and contrast :>

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-08-08 18:27]

Hello Teunie, very strong composition, sharp and good lighting. Well done !


Hi Teunie,
Wow, what an interesting place for your b-fly to pose/land for you..The yellow of the round lily pad really frames/contrasts your subject nicely here..and the multiple circular patterns around its edge are quite interesting to me. Great detail, color, and exposure.
Very well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-02 7:06]

Hello Teunie,
What a brilliant background to this beautiful butterfly. Superb details and I like the patterns and colours of that leaf and the way it causes motion in the water. Very well-timed shot, well composed and in pleasant light.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-09-09 5:58]

Hi Teunie,
Setting, colors, details, focus, sharpness, composition, POV and light are beautiful. Well done and TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Teunie,
Simply an amazing shot. Brilliant and interesting, not the everyday insect-scene. Congrats and tfs. Best regards, László

Hi Teunie,
just discovered this unique presentation of an exotic swallowtail resting on a leaf in a pond. The reflections of light around the leaf on the surface of dark water provide an exquisite framing. The strict reduction to a very limited pallette of black, white and green looks elegant and distinctly artistic.
With thanks, and best regards,

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-10-25 20:38]

Hello teunie,
This is a splendid composition.Beautiful colours, excellent POV and sharpness.Well done!
Thanks for the share,

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2007-10-27 11:48]

Hello Teunie, very interesting shot! The composition is great with the butterfly on the lily. Good colours and exposure. Well done on this one.

Very interesting composition! Excellent sharpness and colours.
I reallu like it - TFS


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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-05-13 22:42]

Une belle feuille qui met bien en évidence le papillon.
Bone journée.

Splendida macro, eccellente composizione "still-life", ottima nitidezza, meravigliosi i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hello Teunie,
perfect work with very interesting composition! Beautiful butterfly, colours and details!

Best regards, Leonid

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