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The Brown Clipper

The Brown Clipper
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-02
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies Chapter2, Butterflies of New Zealand, Beautiful Butterflies Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-09 4:11
Viewed: 4487
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Parthenos sylvia philippenis – The Brown Clipper
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Country: Malaysia and the Philippines

Here I am again at Butterfly Creek. It is a very interesting place to visit, but they were quite unhelpful with the names of the butterflies. So I came home from the library today laden down with Butterfly and Moth books to study. What a lot of B’flies and Moths there are.

The Clipper comes in many colour variations. These butterflies come from the Philippines and Malaysia. The butterfly looks quite different depending on where it is from. Those from the Philippines are brown and cream in coloration. In comparison, the butterflies from Malaysia are a bright blue or green colour. They have a wingspan of 6-8 cm

This one is brown and cream. Some are bluish, but they can also be green, yellow or orange. They are still considered the same species, though the species from Malaysia is called a subspecies; Parthenos Sylvia lilacinus. The larvae of this butterfly feed on two different plants in the family Passifloraceae, Modecca sp. and Adenia palmata. The translucent white forewing patches and dark markings are characteristic. It also has a distinctive black and orange striped abdomen.

This magnificent butterfly has a rapid gliding flight and usually settles with it wings opened. It is very approachable and is one of the easiest butterflies to photograph in Butterfly Parks.

It has several subspecies, differing with the colour of upper part of wings. Usually they dwell in forests, where they fly under the crowns of trees. Sometime the butterflies gather in great amounts on damp riverside sand. Their flight is strong, they can glide long distances with characteristically spread wings – forward and down. They warm themselves in sunlight sitting on branches at the height of 3-10 meters above the earth.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-04-09 5:02]
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Superb macro Janice! I see new lens! Tamron! Works great! Composition, colours and details are perfect. Red flowers on BG completed picture! TFS!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-09 5:04]
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Wow, you did great Janice! No complaints whatsoever from my side. Colors are very nice, the picture is well composed and the details are sharp. Very well done & TFS!

Very nice pose, good details and colours.
It's just framed a bit tight on top and on the left sides.
Well done.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-04-09 6:30]

Beautifull butterfly. Very nice colours and good note. I like it. Well done.

Oh...what a butterful beautifly Janice.
A lovely shot with the impatiens behind it.
Hope I can get to this amazing place.
Thanks for this one too.

Hi Janice,
It looks very interesting.
The photo is very good. I like it.
Well done!
Regards, Krzysztof.

Janice, Nice shot with great colors displaying the beautiful full wingspread patterns very well..Excellent note, Well done.

Halo Janice!
This is amazing shot. I love this butterfly, this colours and this full-open pose! Wonderful!

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-04-09 14:15]

Very beautiful photo Janice. Butterfly was at its best with the wings spread position and you captured it great.
Well done.

Very nice close-up Jancie. This butterfly is really beautiful coloured and you captured it very nice.

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  • tambaki (172)
  • [2005-04-09 17:30]

Nice shot, good composition and colours, well done.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-04-09 17:57]

Lovely diagonal composition. Like the added colour with the pink flowers. Well done.

Beautiful composition on this butterfly. I like the framing alot with the OOF flowers in the backround adding more color. Excellent Work!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-04-10 4:36]
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Wow Janice this is beautiful!. Besides being a great composition, the sharpness and color is excellent.

Very well done and thanks for posting

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-04-10 20:05]

Beautiful butterfly, Janice. Sharp details, beautiful colors, great composition. Great shot. TFP.

Its a lovely shot. The critter even more so. I might have composed it a little different but its subjective and I like this one a lot. Very well done.

You have my vote on this one Janice. Excellent job, thank you.

Wow Janice ! This is just wonderful !!
I never saw one of these, this species is beautiful. Very good DOF and sharpness, excellent macro !

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-10-15 5:22]
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Your country has such beautiful butterflies!
Mine is much more poor on species.
Wonderful picture!
Very good details!
5* photo!

Nice take, DOF and POV are good.
Best regards,

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