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Copyright: Lawhill Russo (lawhill) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 2 N: 565] (2054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D-200, Sigma EX 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM DG
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-15 13:06
Viewed: 2783
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Polydamas Swallowtail
Attributes of Battus polydamas

Family: Parnassians and Swallowtails (Papilionidae)

Subfamily: Swallowtails (Papilioninae)

Identification: Lacks tails. Black above with submarginal yellow band.

Life history: Female lays eggs in groups of 10-14 on exposed new stems or growing tips of vines. Caterpillars feed in groups when young. Overwinter as chrysalids.

Flight: Two-3 flights from April-November.

Wing span: 3 1/2 - 4 1/2 inches (9 - 12 cm).

Caterpillar hosts: Pipevines (Aristolochia species).

Adult food: Nectar of lantana. Occasionally seen feeding on honeysuckle and soapweed flowers.

Habitat: Open woods, abandoned fields, disturbed areas.

Range: South Texas and peninsular Florida south to Argentina. Strays north to Kentucky and Missouri.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-15 13:11]

selam lawhill; wow really excellent macro shot of this butterfly , very good details presented ,nice BG and POV well captured with nice colours TFS

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-15 13:15]

Hi Lawhill,

A wonderful close-up of this beautiful butterfly. The position is perfect to show off the beautiful patterns with excellent detail. I like the vibrant colors and the setting.


HI Lawhill,
An excellent shot on this beautiful butterfly. Rich color saturation and sharp detail. Excellent DOF has it all looking sharp. I do not believe this is a Polydamas Swallowtail. If you look it does have tails. The one on the left is broken off. I believe it is a female Black Swallowtail. Not an expert though. It is a beautiful composition.

This is a lovely colourful image Lawhill,

great point of view with excellent details.


Hello Lawhill,
good composition with perfect sharpness, colour and details
well done

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2007-06-15 16:10]

Hi Lawhill, excellent macro and colors ! very good details! Regards . carme

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-06-15 16:19]

hi lawhill,
superbe image d'une grande qualité. le point de vue est subtilement trouvé. Vous avez profité d'une belle lumière, ce qui met bien les couleurs en valeur. Bravo pour les détails.


Is there by chance a moment when you do not capture a perfect photo? Your colors are vivid and hard as I like them....almost as if I had swallowed some fungi instead of pictured it....although I disclaim doing any such thing of course...

I would say simply for clarity, color and composition....it is all there.

Bob Pacific NW Wilderness

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-15 17:08]

Hi Lawhill. What a very good shot of the Butterfly.The colours and detail are spot on.very sharp focus. with a nice POV and DOF. very well done TFS.good notes to.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-15 17:58]

The brilliant and well saturated colors and perfect light are stunning. One of the most outstanding butterfly post I have seen! Masterful composition and framing.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-06-15 19:38]

Hello Lawhill, beautiful portrait, I love this picture! wonderful collors, great POV, composition, and BG.. well done

Wonderful butterfly!!!
Gorgeous pose and composition. Great colors! :)

Hi Lawhill,
Well displayed and full of colour. A sharp and clean photo and the subject is well displayed.

Buen enfoque. El fondo y resto colores muy adecuados para el contraste, por lo que creas un conjunto elegante y armónico. Excelente !!!
Saludos Lawhill.

Superb capture of a Swallotail perched on a pretty flower, Lawhill.
The specimen has lost one tail but not its overall beauty, which you have captured very well in this lovely image using your long-range lens.
Excellent details and colors with a fine DOF.
Well done and TFS.

Hi Lawhill,
A beautiful Swallowtail butterfly. The POV is excellent. Great details. Well framed capture. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-16 13:33]

Hi Lawhill,
Wonderful shot of this swallowtail. Superb colours and very impressive sharpness. Perfect lighting and fine focus to capture it with an excellent POV. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-06-16 16:30]

A beautiful photo...Lighting, focus, exposure, Pov, composition, DOF are all excellent...Impressive...Very well done...TFS

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-19 10:34]

Hello Lawhill

Excellent colours,very rich and bold.The DOF and POV are very good.A crisp well focused shot.TFS


Hello Lawhill,
Colorful frame with vivid color..Great open wing pose with good detail & DOF.
Well exposed..Well done.

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