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Common Birdwing

Common Birdwing
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Penang
Theme(s): Butterflies & Moths [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-24 23:32
Viewed: 5992
Points: 24
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Common Birdwing
Troides helena cerberus

This spectacular "birdwing" has a wingspan which equals and sometimes exceeds that of the famous Rajah Brooke's Birdwing. It is essentially a jungle species but is drawn to cultivated areas where its host plant, Aristolochia tagala, can be found.
The black and yellow colouring is a warning pattern to predators that it is distasteful. The Common Birdwing attains a wingspan of 13 - 15 cm for the males and up to 18 cm for the females. This species is highly sought after by collectors and is a CITES-listed species in Malaysia and Singapore.

The female, which is the bigger of the two, has a series of black spots on the hindwing.

This shot was taken in the Butterfly Sanctuary in Penang, Malaysia.

My Malaysia Travelogue


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2007-10-25 0:04]
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Salut Manyee!

Ça fait longtemps, n'est-ce pas?

Je n'oublierai jamais les amis que je me suis fait ici.

Ton papillon est joli. L'arrière-plan laisse à désirer. Nous les choisissons rarement.

Tu es la première à qui j'écris quelque mots depuis, ma foi, le 11 janvier dernier.

À voir les photos de ta galerie, je sens que tout va bien pour toi.


Luc (Qui même s'il ne poste pas et n'écrit pas porte en lui des souvenirs impérissables.)

Hello Manyee,
this is a good shot with perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details
the exposure and focus is spot on!
very well done and well seen

wow, a butterfly with a wingspan of 15cm?! amazing, never seen one of those "live", which is too bad, judging from your
terrific shot they are really beautiful. the colors are great, especially the yellow is great, as well as the mix of black and white on the wings.
well seen & captured, thor.

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  • arunk Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 26 W: 0 N: 19] (272)
  • [2007-10-25 1:10]


Super picture ! sharpnes and composition is also is perfect

Arun krishnaiah

Hi Manyee
what a nice macro shot with superb colors. Details, sharpness, POV and composition super. good notes. thanks. best wishes from Cyprus

Hello Manyee
Excellent shot of this Common Birdwing,
Great focusing,colors and DOF,Welldone.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-25 8:27]

Hello Manyee
Nice presentation.Very sharp image whit nice details.Colors are lovely.
TFS Michel

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-10-25 11:13]

Hi Manyee,
This is a very nice capture of a butterfly I have never seen before. I like the yellow on the wings.
Good shaprness and details.
TFS Paula

Hi Manyee.
Splendid shot!
Wonderful butterfly with magnicifent colors!
Excellent sharpness and contrast.
Thanks for sharing!
José Roberto

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-10-26 21:04]

Hola Manyee. Exelente foto. Los colores lucen exelentemente en esta Mariposa. Gran colorido y nitidez. Luis52.

Hi Manyee,

What a beautiful butterfly. You have it crisp and sharp with beautiful detail on the wing. Well done.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-27 1:18]

Hello Manyee,
This birdwing shows all his glory. Perfect sharpness, focus and details. Beautiful vivid colours. Great composition.

Hi Manyee, elegant butterfly with splendid details, great colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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