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African Swallowtail

African Swallowtail
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus SP550UZ
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-16 6:43
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 66
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This is one of the Butterflies from our day out at the Butterfly Farm in Swindon.
With Thanks to Peter ( batu ) i can now Id this Butterfly as the African Swallowtail. Sadly with the tail missing.

African Swallowtail.

The forewings are white. The margin and the pinion are black. At the pinion there is a little white spot.
The underside is nearly a copy of upside, but the margin and the pinion are brown.

The hind wings are white and have long tails. The margin is ridged. Next to the margin there are some black spots. The correct number of these back spots is variable. The dark veins of underside show through the wing.
The underside is nearly a copy of upside, but the spots are brown and the veins are dark.

The body is black, but the underside is white.

Sex differences: The African Swallowtail is a master of mimicry. There are many forms of females. All of them imitate some other uneatable species of butterflies. Usually the females have no tails on hind wings.

The African Swallowtail (Papilio dardanus) is a butterfly of the afrotropic ecozone (Africa) and the palaearctic ecozone (Europe). The distribution include the whole afrotorpic ecozone and the North of Africa.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-10-16 6:52]
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Hallo Nicholas,
this is the African swallotail
- Papilio dardanus
- family: Papilionidae
unfortunately with missing tails, only a 'trunk' is seen!
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Nick,
This is a beautiful unknown creature! I like this composition, details, exposure and DOF. Details on its head are beautiful! Nicely done! Thanks,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-16 7:04]

Hi Nick,
excellent detail and exposure, good natural colour and very striking markings, a great specimen you've shown us here.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-16 7:19]

Hi Nicholas.
Wonderful unknown for me butterfly. You have reflected it perfectly with very interesting POV and amazing DOF and details. I also like very nice scene and not simple for content well blurred BG. Well done and TFS.

A very sharp detailed picture yet well balanced with details and colors. None too saturated...all equally grab for their rightful place. Nice perch and well noted.

hello nicholas,
lovely shot of this beautiful species , liked the pov and the composition,
tfs & regards

Hello Nick
Captured Perfectly...you are so good at the butterflys now.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-16 8:09]

Hi Nick

A true beauty here - both the butterfly and the photo!
I'm simply blown away by the amount of details you managed to squeeze in with only an f/2.8, but it did great when it comes to the BG - which is nicely blurred.
Spot-on focus and exposure, fact that also gave you just the exact amount of colors you needed here.
Very nice POV and good composition, overall.

Bravo and TFS

Great details with excellent exposure.
Best regards,

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-10-16 9:46]

Hi Nick, nice pov on this Butterfly, quite unusual and pretty. Great light showing the detail both on body and wings. Very nice composition.

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2007-10-16 10:15]

Hello Nicholas,

Very good sharpness to emphasize the beauty of this elegant butterfly.

Hello Nicholas
Belle netteté pour ce spéciment original

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-10-16 10:45]

Hi Nicholas,
A fine photo of the unusual looking butterfly. Nicely composed with excellent detail and color. very well done.


Que elegancia Nicholas !! Hay algunas fotografías, como esta, que solo verlas te dejan con " la boca abieta " por la admiración. Casi todo lo veo bien, aunque lo que más me gusta es el color y el excelente enfoque , sobre todo a la parte delantera del insecto así como la enorme profundidad. Diferente e interesante encuadre.
Un saludo : J. Ignasi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-16 12:08]

Hello Nicholas,
Beautiful light in this photo. Pin-sharp and a great POV, BG and composition.

Hi Nicholas, splendid butterfly with wonderful detals, excellent sharpness and great colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-16 15:53]

This is stunningly delicate, Nick!
Perfect composition, colours and details

Hola Nicholas,
Bonita toma de esta curiosa mariposa, buena definición donde se muestran muy bien los detalles de este bello Papilio, saludos
José Ramón

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-10-17 0:49]

Hi Nicholas!

Very interesting subject. I like its colors - maybe not as showy as in others butterflies, but looks very good. Patterns on wing are very well visible, I like POV very much.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-17 2:33]

Hi Nicholas

Great DOF and POV - great posting :)



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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-10-17 4:38]

Nicholas, Fantastic shot with such a lovely view and great clarity. Ganesh

bonjour nick
le piqué n'est pas des meilleur mais c'est un joli specimen,j'aime beaucoup ses couleurs et motifs.

Hola Nick.
Muy detallada esta preciosa mariposa.
Bellos colores y buen bg.
Best regards, JL.

Nice composition!
Love the angle of the leaf and posture of butterfly.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-17 11:37]

Hello Nick,
Very fine capture of this Swallowtail from a nice POV. Great sharpness and I like the brown/beige colours. I like its pose and the way it is almost enclosed in the leaf too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-17 12:28]

Hi Nick,

I'm not sure if I have seen one like this before. A lovely pose on the leaf. Nice natural colors and good details. The head is excellent.


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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-10-17 14:24]

selam nick; excellent macro shot and very good composition of this beautiful butterfly .nice pov with splendid colours.well presented pose
Well done my friend!
Regards ridvan

Hi Nick,

Great level of detail in this macro shot - I love all those legs. It's technically perfect and I love the colours. Nothing more to say. Great.

Kind regards,


Hi Nicholas!
This butterfly species is so colourful that it looks like painted! Great details and DOF too. As for me a little different POV would be better (much more from profile not from above) but it is just a small thing :)
TFS and my best regards,

Good capture with plenty of detail and a good POV. Great! Cheers, Klaus

Hello Nick
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Perfect details,composition and BG,Welldone.


Hi Nicholas,
Nice fine details on all this beautiful butterfly. Soft colours are very natural. DOF is really well done...


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-23 14:30]

Hola amigo,
me agrada mucho este trabajo,
genial foco y bellos colores,
excelente pov,

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