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The Not So.... Great Mormon

The Not So.... Great Mormon
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-07 3:39
Viewed: 4019
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This very beautiful butterfly is nearing the end of it's life, with it's fragile wings all tattered and torn. A sorry sight. Click the link to see another shot of the Great Mormon in beautiful condition. Thanks for looking.

Great Mormon

Papilio memnon is a swallowtail butterfly living in the Malay Archipelago and Indonesia. The females come in a variety of morphs. The most common morphs, such as anchanes, mimic natural models which are unpalatable to birds.

The butterfly Papilio memnon provides a good example of linkage disequilibrium:

Unlike the camouflage polymorphism in the peppered moth, each of the different morphs is thought to be controlled by a multi-locus genotype.

The loci in question are so tightly linked that rare recombinants practically never arise - this explains why the different multi-locus genotypes appear, when crossed, to segregate like single locus genotypes. A set of genes so tightly linked that they behave like a single locus has been termed a supergene. However, a sufficiently large number of crosses should be able to break one of the supergenes into different combinations.

In the P. memnon there appear to be at least five loci in the mimicry supergene: T, W, F, E and B.

The five loci control respectively presence or absence of

• tail,

• hindwing patterns,

• forewing pattern,

• epaulette color, and

• body color.

The rare anura morph is thought to be a recombinant between the T- locus and the other four.

The above obtained from http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/ridley/a-z/Papilio_memnon.asp


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 2:23 p.m.
Date: 5th February 2007
Weather conditions: Inside Tropical Butterfly House
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS USM
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/250
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
Support: Hand Held
ISO: 200
External Flash: Canon 580EX Speedlite
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Razor-sharp this shot Pam.
Excelent macro.
Very well done.
TFS. Stev

Excellent sharpness Pam of the central part and great composition supported by good POV. TFS

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-02-07 4:03]

Hi Pam,

A fine capture of this half great mormon,well captured with good POV,the colors and sharpness are outstanding as always,


Butterflies have short life...
I think this is an 'old' one.
Bye the way your shot is good, well composed, detailed and colorfull.
See tomorrow,

Hi Pam,
bad conditions may well deliver good pictures, the battle of life has left fascinating traces, and formed a character. And the image here is very well composed, too.
Thank you! Best regards,

hi pam,
what a lovely shot,
well composed, excellent point of view,
the colours are lovely,
excellent sharpness, lovely details captured here,
nice bg, framed beautifully,
very well done,
tfs & regards

hi pam!
another very fine macro with
great sharpness and nice
good work!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-07 7:43]

Hello Pam,
Tack sharp details and stunning colors make this capture rise to the top as cream does, thanks for sharing your talent.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-02-07 7:50]

Superb colours and details and a truly perfect composition

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-02-07 10:37]

Hello Pam
Wonderful shot despite the ragged wings of this really beautiful butterfly! Excellent sharpness and DOF and gorgeous composition.
My compliments and best wishes

salut Pam

Splendide capture, belle composition, belles couleurs et de merveilleux détailsanisi qu'un très joli BG.
Bravo et au revoir,amitié...JP

Hi Pam,
Outstanding capture!
Not only for the impressive colors got, but also for the aspect of the age in this butterfly, in which we can appreciate still the beautiful colors and patterns of their wings.
Excellent the fill flash job done, and I love the soft gradients of the green background got with the right DOF.
Congratulations, thanks for share and my best regards,

hi Pam,
splendid macro of this superb butterfly color and perfect framing well played cheer


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-02-07 18:02]

Hello Pam,
Great POV and DOF, good pose, details and sharpness. TFS

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-08 1:46]

The fragility and vulnerability of that Great Mormon are well captured in this beautiful composition. The delicate details show up well in excellent focus and exposure. An amazing shot, Pam. TFS. : )

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-08 3:59]

Hi Pam

This is another wonderful photo from you!
I know something about an insect being at the end of its life-cycle...i also posted a big dragonfly with some very torn wings some time ago...
I do remember people saying that it've very said and not that beautiful because it's torn...i do not agree...this is natur's way. I thing that a butterfly or a dragonly is to be admired no matter the conditions of their wings...they have that extra something that to me makes them always gracefull, beautiful and delicate :)
This one, too, is all that!
The side POV her is terrific and the detaisl and textures on it are simply outstanding!
I also love the DOF and the composition you created.

Bravo and TFS

HI Pam,
Its pity u called his not so great. This guy is on last league of life and like a Old man this might have wisdom, respect in his butterfly comunity. :). Though its in shattered conditions, the picture is great.Colors are awesome. Details are great. Flower is also nice. The background is a bit bright. but that's fine.


Ah - summer in NZ as we shiver at -15C!! Very clear view of this "elderly" butterfly. I like the overall composition the use of the diagonal is very effective.

Hi Pam,
well composed, excellent point of view.
the colours are lovely.


Hi Pam,
Yes a bit worse-for-wear, but beautiful none-the-less.. Sorta like me ;}}
Excellent colors, exposure, POV, comp, and BG mf.
Very well done.

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