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The Common Lime

The Common Lime
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Copyright: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Ni
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies By pankaj Bajpai, Beautiful Butterflies Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-12 8:08
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Points: 46
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Finally I got a chance to capture my one of the favourite butterflies the common lime. This butterfly is so restless that i could not manage a single decent shot of this beautiful insect last season, hope that this season will be good.

The Common Lime or the Lemon Butterfly (Papilio demoleus) is a common and widespread Swallowtail butterfly. It gets its name from its host plants which are usually citrus species such as the lime. It is also sometimes called the Chequered Swallowtail. Unlike most swallowtail butterflies it does not have a prominent tail.


Its range indicates the butterfly's tolerance and adaptation to diverse habitats. It is to be found in savannahs, fallow lands, gardens, evergreen and semi-evergreen forests and shows a preference for stream and riverbeds.

In India it is mostly found in the plains but can be found on the hills of peninsular India and up to 7000 feet in the Himalayas. It is common in urban gardens and may also be encountered in wooded country.


Lime butterfly baskingThis butterfly is an avid mud-puddler and visitor of flowers. It basks with its wings held wide open on tufts of grass, herbs and generally keeps within a metre above the ground, even on cloudy days. It relies on its quick flight for escape.

It is an interesting butterfly in that it has a number of modes of flight. In the cool of the morning, the flight is slow considering that it is an edible and unprotected swallowtail. As the day progresses, it flies fast, straight and low. In the hotter part of the day, it may be found settling on damp patches where it will remain motionless, except for an occasional flutter of wings, if not disturbed.

It is also a frequent visitor of flowers in gardens, where it shows a preference for flowers of smaller herbs rather than larger plants such as the ubiquitous Lantana with its plentiful blooms. It can be found swarming in the groves of its foodplants.

While resting, the butterfly closes its wing over its back and draws the forewings between the hindwings.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-12 8:13]

Hi Pankaj,
The patterns on the wings and the colors are beautiful. I liked your composition. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Pankaj,
A beautiful POV of this lime butterfly. Composition wise excellent capture. Thanks a lot for sharing. Sorry :D later.

Pleasing and colorful image Pankaj, it's well focused where it must be. Very good exposure and nicely OOF BG. Not sure about this POV, although it does show the inner and outer wing patterns well..
Well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-12 9:13]

Hello Pankaj,
Excellent capture of this beauty from a nice POV. I like how the leaves and the butterfly form a diagonal in this beautiful composition. Great sharpness, good light and fine colours too.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi Pankaj, elegant butterfly with splendid colors, excellent focus, great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Pankaj.
Very nice composition showing the inner and outer wing colours. Would have been nice if he was looking your way but seeing they are hard to get, then this is better than not getting him at all. Well done.
There is a slight softness on the closer wing, maybe he had moved or his wing came out past the plane of focus.
Lovely image, I am glad you got one this season after missing last season.

New Zealand

You chose your perspective thoughtfully while aiming your lens at the subject "up there", Pankaj. We have a clear view of both sides of its wings, the antennae and the eye. I know it makes a difficult POV, but there lies the challenge which you have met successfully.
The lovely patterns and colours on the wings are well captured in this difficult shot.
Well done and TFS.

Hello Pankaj,
This is an extremely beautiful looking Butterfly, no wonder you have been after an image of it for a while. Congratulations on your success. Nice detail and OOF background.

Bonita. Bellos colores y contrastes. Tiene similitudes con mi mariposa ya que en esta también se ven las dos alas. El enfoque y lacomposición correctos. Saludos Pankaj.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-07-12 23:46]

It looks like landing,nice pose&details.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-13 0:23]

Hi Pankaj,
Splendid capture of the gorgeous Lime butterfly. They are very difficult to shoot as they are very nimble and spritely. The colours and patterns are awesome and you have captured a nice pose here. Excellent POV and it is highlighted against the darkish BG superbly. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

selam, Great shot and very good composition nice pov and bg with splendid colours. Well done ! Regards ridvan

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-13 1:46]

Pankaj, Lovely shot but slightly behind the leaf. The wing details are absolutely focussed. TFS Ganesh

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-13 3:34]

Hello Pankaj,
Nice capture of the Common Lime Swallowtail taken from below. Nice POV to show both under and upper sides of the wings and set in an excellent composition with pleasing blurred BG.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hello Pankaj

Beautiful butterfly and a super low POV. The colors are great and the BG is nice. Excellent notes!


The contrasting colors are superb! You have almost accomplished a true black. Very well done friend!


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-13 8:02]

Hi Pankaj,

A very beautiful presentation of this lovely butterfly. The wing patterns are gorgeous with wonderful colors and good details. The compostion is superb - you've made it a work of art.


Un original punto de vista.
Buena perspectiva y fabulosos colores, muy bien ajustados.
Buena nota.
Saludos, JL.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-13 12:57]

Hi Pankaj.
Very nice capture with interesting very low POV.Pretty shows patterns on wings with very good details.Colors are wonderful and blue color in BG is superb.Well done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-07-13 16:28]

Hello Pankaj,
a wonderful shot shot with beautiful colors and a differnet POV. Excellent DOF and wonderful placement of your main subject
Sharpness and details are excellent.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-13 20:46]

Hello Pankaj

Excellent composition with rich ,well saturated colours.The pose is wonderful.Very good focus and sharpness.The butterfly has wonderful markings.TFS


Hi Pankaj,
Im glad you were able to photograph one of your favourite butterflies. You have managed to do a good job, The pov my not be to what you wanted but you have displayed the wings and colours very well.
Good shot and I hope you get the photo your looking for.
Best regards

Hi Pankaj,

This is a wonderful picture with a very nice composition, a nice POV and great colors and details !


Hi Pankaj,
Very beautiful butterfly, and beautiful composition as well. Great POV, and DOF. Love the bright color of the green leaves in the foreground . TFS

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