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Battus philenor

Battus philenor
Photo Information
Copyright: Angelina Deans (angybone) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1047 W: 14 N: 2372] (7684)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Olympus Zuiko 40-150 f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-10-22 16:03
Viewed: 2940
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
From what I can gather, the lack of markings on the inside of the wing indicates this is a female Pipevine Swallowtail.
Several of the swallowtails look very similar to each other are hard to distinguish.

Attributes of Battus philenor from butterfliesandmoths.org

Family: Parnassians and Swallowtails (Papilionidae)

Subfamily: Swallowtails (Papilioninae)

Identification: Upper surface of hindwing iridescent blue or blue-green. Underside of hindwing with submarginal row of 7 round orange spots in iridescent blue field.

Life history: Adult males patrol likely habitat in search of receptive females. Females lay batches of eggs on underside of host plant leaves. Caterpillars feed in small groups when young but become solitary when older. Wintering is by the chrysalis.

Flight: In the East and California, adults fly primarily in late spring and summer, but the butterfly is commoner in late summer and fall in the South and Southwest. Where lack of freezing temperatures permit, adults may fly continuously. In lowland tropical Mexico they may be found in any month.

Wing span: 2 3/4 - 5 inches (7 - 13 cm).

Caterpillar hosts: Pipevines (Aristolochia species), including Aristolochia californica, A. serpentaria and others.

Adult food: Solely nectar from flowers including thistles (Cirsium species), bergamot, lilac, viper's bugloss, common azaleas, phlox, teasel, azaleas, dame's-rocket, lantana, petunias, verbenas, lupines, yellow star thistle, California buckeye, yerba santa, brodiaeas, and gilias.

Habitat: A wide variety of open habitats, open woodland, and woodland edges.

Range: Rare stray to Canada (s. Manitoba). Tropical lowlands south to southern Mexico.

Conservation: Normally not of high conservation concern, although states at northern limits have listed under state law. These listings are of dubious value where species is not a permanent resident.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-10-22 18:52]

Hello Angela,
Very beautiful butterfly, nice colors and details
Great POV and well composed image


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-22 19:16]

Hi Angy,

A very pretty one. The irridescent colors are wonderful. I'm amazed at how many different butterflies you have there. Nice details and the leaves make a fine background.


Hi Angelina,
A beautiful capture of this beautiful swallowtail. Excellent details and a very nice POV and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Angy
Wonderful capture of this beautiful butterfly. Excellent details and the colors are Spectacular. GREAT JOB!!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-22 22:40]

i Angelina

A wonderful POV with great detail and colours.



Hi Angelina.
So many different coloured butterflies over there, again another beautiful coloured one. The sunlight has picked up the irridescent in the wings lovely with good detail.


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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2007-10-22 23:10]

Hello Angelina,

Wat a nice butterfly! Contrast between the blue butterfly and the green background is great!
Thanks for sharing,

These colours were captured so fine Angelina.I always like the angles you present as well as the compositions.Perfect sharpness and focus.
This is really starting to make me jealous now. I sit in the rain hoping for at least one sunny day, and here you are......

Hello Angy,
This is a true beauty well captured!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details
the exposure and focus is spot on!
very well done and well seen

Hello Angy
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Perfect detials,exposure and BG,
Superb shot,Welldone.


Hi Angelina.
Wonderful butterfly! Exuberant colors!
Excellent sharpness and contrast.
Pleasant composition and natural luminosity.
Congratulations for the wealth of details.
Thanks for sharing!
Josť Roberto

Hi Angelina,
I like the diagonal composition, it works well here. Good detail and you've picked up the beautiful blue metallic iridescence very nicely :)

Hello Angelina,
This is a true beauty! Look at this color; I would be much impressed to meet this specie! This is an excellent composition with nice details and you handled exposure very well. TFS,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-23 6:12]

Hello Angela,
You've captured this beautiful butterfly from a very nice angle for the wings to catch the light and bring out the wonderful metallic blue colour. Pretty sharp details and I like the diagonal composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Neat! Did you notice one of it's foods is a buckeye? Cool. Nice shot of this color...or is it a color. I forget. Super super notes. Angle. Tres' good having fun and scoring..

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-23 9:22]

Hello Angelina
Very nice image.It is very sharp whit excellent POV.Light and details are excellent.
TFS Michel

hello Angelina

first i like very much your image's pov,
then excellent sharpness and great contrast
beetween the butterfly's
and background's colors



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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-23 19:52]

Hi Angelina,
Very beautiful butterfly which I see for the first time. Lovely iridescent colours and among the green leaves it looks majestic. Superb lighting and exposure. Excellent POV to capture this fine pose and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-24 5:49]

Hi Angelina.
You managed to meet and capture amazing species of butterfly. It is simply amazing. I also like your wonderful shot, taken with great taste and skillfulness, Its composition, colours, lights and details are great. My compliments and TFS.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-10-24 10:49]

selam angy; excellent shot and very good composition of this lovely butterfly .nice pov and dof with splendid colours. well presented pose
Well done !
Regards ridvan

Hello Angelina,
a nicely inclined diagonal composition in this image. Strikingly bright blue iridenscence on those black wings, powerfully well reported. The hard light and strong contrasts have created some overexposed parts in the leaves on top that might be slightly dimmed and softened by postwork.
A surprising variety of large and conspicuous butterflies that you are able to capture and present from your country's wildlife. You are presenting a fascinating collection here. Thank you!
With best regards,

Beautiful irridescent color, rivals a Morpho. Well done, I haven't never seen one like this yet.

Hallo Angy
Although I have not been on the site long myself, I have seen your photos and comments pop up every now and again. However you have been very quite lately and I am happy to see you are back. 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 colours. One of the most outstanding butterfly post I have seen! Lovely composition and framing.Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your weekend.
Kind regards

Nice shot! Good reflections of the wigs of the butterfly to show its metallic colour. Sharply focussed and good pov.

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