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Ruby-spotted Swallowtail

Ruby-spotted Swallowtail
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Copyright: jaap polak (carper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Tamron 90mm macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/20 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99 favorite photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-19 6:30
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 76
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ruby-spotted Swallowtail (Papilio anchisiades Esper)

Wing span: 2 3/4 - 4 inches (7 - 10 cm).

Identification: Large and black with no tails. Female's upper forewing cell has diffuse white patch; hindwing has postmedian pink patch.

Life history: Females lay eggs in groups on host plant leaves. Caterpillars rest in clusters on host plant during the day and feed at night; they all feed and molt at the same time.

Flight: Several from May-October.

Caterpillar hosts: Trees in the citrus (Rutaceae) family including Citrus, Casimiroa, and Zanthoxylum species.

Adult food: Flower nectar.

Habitat: Lowland tropical forests, citrus groves, gardens.

Range: From south Texas south to Argentina. A rare stray to Kansas, southeast Arizona, and west Texas.

It was a day with bad weather and low light conditions, there in that butterfly zoo. When you look to the settings, I used a flash and a monopod and took it with 800 iso. I hope you like the shot.
gr. jaap

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-19 6:34]

Hi Jaap. This is a beauty. The detail and colours is spot on. your focusing is first class. a very nice pov/dof. well done TFS . good notestoo.

very like your composition. great shot and beautiful nature photo. Good work. Carme.

Hello Jaap,
Flawless capture of this butterfly. The color coordinated well with the pink flower. Everything is so well detailed and clear with excellent management of depth. Very well done for this composition - I like it!
Best regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-19 8:00]

Hi, dear Jaap.
Thanks for such splendid gift and expansion of my favorite collection. Simply outstanding and amazing picture. All is superb at highest level. Subject, framing and composition are brilliant. Beautifulness of colours, exactness of details are terrific. DOF is precise and BG is so fine as main subjects. My congratulations and Bravo.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-19 8:01]

Hello Jaap,
What a perfect match in colours! Lovely sharp details of this beautiful Swallowtail and the orchid. Great sharpness and a fine soft background too. Very well composed!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-01-19 8:02]

Hi Jaap and nice to see you again old friend :)

A stunning capture from you, just like you've got us used to when you were posting regularly here :)
Judging after you picture, i would have said that it was indeed a cloudy day, but still plenty of light, since there is no indication of noise and the quality of the details is impeccable. Only after reading your note i realized you had to jump the ISO so high, but thanks to all the other great parameters, the quality of your capture still remained very high. Bravo for this!

Also, i must the remark the terrific side POV - perfect for these types of photos - as well as the very delicate use of the flash...excellent work there!
The DOF is also spot-on and the composition is nice and elegant.

Bravo and TFS

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-01-19 8:09]

Hi Jaap,
Beautiful shot,
Very nice combination of colors!
Good POV and sharpness!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-19 8:09]

Beautiful photo Jaap!
Both the subjects (butterfly and flower) have similarities: the curly petals at the bottom of the flower and the curly antenna of the butterfly for instance!
Very nice colours which are bright and vibrent.
Excellent clarity and sharpness.
Brilliant composition.
Very well done,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-19 8:10]

Ha Jaap,

Ondanks de matige weersomstandigheden,weet je een perfecte plaat tevoorschijn te toveren,mooie composite,prettig weekend,


Hi Jaap,
a very fine "Jaap" picture with lovely colours and lighting.
The details and DOF are great, the whole subject in focus and
the BG nicely blurred. I like the composition and POV too.
Beautiful work, old friend.

Have a great weekend

Hoi Jaap
this is an impressive macro shot, all is perfect on this one,
focus, colours and especialy compsosition !!!
Realy an impressive contribution,
a great cheer and many thanks for shared,

Bonjour jaap,
Superbe composition, avec un bg parfait. Ce n'est pas tous les jours qu'on a l'occasion de voir un papillon sur une orchidée!
Merci du partage.

Ciao Jaap,
questa non è solo una eccezionale fotografia.
Una composizione eccellente e uno sfondo appropriato ne fanno una vera opera d'arte!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-19 10:42]
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Hallo Jaap,
Wat een prachtig gekleurde foto. De vlinder en de bloem komen schitterend uit tegen de zacht gekleurde achtergrond. Ik neem aan dat deze in een vlindertuin genomen is. De scherpte en compositie zijn perfect.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-01-19 10:46]

Hallo Jaap , Een prachtige compositie vlinder en bloem heel mooi ,hele mooie kleuren scherpte details bg en framing , Groeten Teunie .

Ha Jaap,

Wat een beaty
Prachtige compo met schitterende kleuren en fantastische scherpte/diepte
perfect gedetaileerd maar veel te lang in het archief gelegen

TFS Thijs

Hallo Jaap
Excellent capture of this Ruby Spotted Swallowtail on the orchid. I like the red and black body, and the colourful patterns of the butterfly. The detail of the butterfly’s body parts is very good and noticeable. A great close up with clear details. The unopened blossom adds special touch to this photo and rounds of this special presentation. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

Hi Jaap, beautiful composition with splendid butterfly and wonderful flower with great colors and excellent sharpness, good blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Jaap. Elegant butterfly on an elegant flower, both in a harmonious colour scheme. Great details. Regards. Klaudio.

Hi Jaap,
This is so beautiful, the butterfly alone is well enough to get this one recognized but when you add that gorgeous orchid it makes it all the better. Super capture. :)

Hello Jaap,
What a beautiful image you bring us today..
Everything looks very, very nice mf :)
Excellent work,

Hello Jaap,
Two beauties in the same frame!
The simplicity of the composition is very appealing, where my attention is equally divided between flower and insect...
Fine macro work with great details in the subjects, attractive colour reproduction!
Pablo -

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-20 7:46]

Hello Jaap ! Wonderful macro of this great butterfly, the details are very sharp, the BG is fantastic and the composition and exposure are fine, thanks !


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-20 19:39]

Hola Jaap.
Exelente Maco. Hermosos colores y alta definicion, gran claridad y fino toque en el encuadre.
Saludos Sr. Jaap.

I am delighted to re-connect with you, Jaap!
Thanks for your kind critique on my first water birds' picture.
It is our good fortune to see your excellent work once again. This is a fantastic capture of a beautiful butterfly. The composition has your typical artistic stamp loud and clear on it.
Keep regaling us with your good work, dear friend.

Hola Jaap,
Un trabajo precioso donde destaca el juego de colores. El encuadre es preciso y el enfoque a la mariposa también. Fondo muy adecuado. Gran belleza del conjunto.

Saludos: J. Ignasi Tejedor

Hi Jaap,
This is PERFECT! What else can I say? This is a masterpiece, so well composed, exposed and detailed, congratulations!

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2008-01-22 23:16]

Dag Jaap,

Fluweel zacht en elegant zoals we dat van u gewoon zijn.
Hier is de combinatie zeer mooi tussen de bloem en de vlinder.
Alles gemaakt met boter zachte kleuren, bijna of we zijn aanwezig op deze plaats.
Mooi gedaan.

Prettige dag verder,

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-23 11:33]

Hello Jaap,
beautiful picture, real artistic work,
I like the composition of this shot and great clarity and details captured
butterfly is captured in perfect pose
great work

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-01-23 16:45]

Hi jaap,

Superb shot of this swallowtail. I love the composition, colours are amazing, excellent focus overall and perfect blurry background! Congratulations, it's beautiful!


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2008-01-30 9:24]

Hello dear Jaap,
Wow ! You realised a lovely close-up ! The flower and the butterfly are beautiful !
The "+++" : composition, nice subjects, POV, sharpness, DOF, blurred BG, exposure, instructive complementary note...
The "-" : nothing...
Good camera work my friend and thanks for sharing,

Hi Jaap,
Wow, what a beauty, between the bright pink flower and the beautiful butterfly, its a shot ready for framing...I like the background , really makes the bright colors show up so much.
As always a class above...TFS

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-02-28 13:59]

hello Jaap
wonderful macro photo of those two beauty
composition, point of view, background, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-05-18 14:38]

Hi Jaap

What an eye catcher. A lovely butterfly orchid (Phalaenopsis) with a beautiful Swallowtail visitor.

A wonderful capture with excellent details, stunning colours, a wonderful composition, and the DOF was spot-on to isolate the dark BG to compliment the flower and the butterfly. I must say, you really managed to shoot this at a VERY impressive shutter speed of 1/20 of a second. Although it is not mentioned in the camera information I would imagine it was done on a tripod.

Well done and TFS.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-09 6:50]

Hi Jaap,
Outstanding shot of this very beautiful butterfly with such lovely colours and details. Superb light and exposure handling and you have captured a classic pose on the flower. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

bonjour jaap
oh!! quelle jolie photo!
la fleur semble a peine ouverte qu'un beau papillon est deja en train d'en profiter.

Hi Jaap,
I visit your great portfolio and I see many great macro. This is one of the best one. Perfect capture for very beautiful exotic species. Focus, POV/OOF wonderful. coloration superb. Composition with beautiful flower and frame also great. good informative notes. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

great perfect capture, TFS Ori

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