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Striped Albatross - Appias libythea

Striped Albatross - Appias libythea
Photo Information
Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Malaysia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-04-26 5:38
Viewed: 4546
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Striped Albatross , Appias libythea is a small butterfly of the Family Pieridae, that is, the Yellows and Whites, which is found in India and Peninsular Malaysia.

From :http://www.butterflycircle.com/
Family : Pieridae
Subfamily : Pierinae
Genus : Appias
Common Name : Striped Albatross, 利比尖粉蝶
Wingspan : 50-56mm
Hostplant(s) : Cleome rutidosperma (Purple Cleome, Fringed Spiderflower)

The Striped Albatross gets its name from the male butterfly, which is white with prominent black veins on the underside. The female is dark dusted with yellow wing bases.
Habitat & Habits
It is a common butterfly which can be found in the urban areas of Singapore. Both the males and females can be seen flying in bright sunshine in HDB estates and even in the midst of downtown traffic. Males are sometimes observed feeding on damp seepages on roadsides in numbers. The females do not demonstrate such behaviour, preferring to feed on the nectar of flowers.
Other Observations
This species established itself in Malaysia and Singapore about 50 years ago, due to the wildspread abundance of its food plant the Purple Cleome (Cloeme rutidosperma).

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-04-26 5:51]

Very lovely image of this beautiful butterfly on small flower, very difficult to bend down to get this one, well done. tfs.

Ciao Foozi, my tofday neighbour, lovely butterfly with wonderful details, splendid sharpness and good colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

hello Foozi
beautiful coloured butterfly with good details and nice pose with good BG.
greeting lou

Ciao Foozi. Details are perfect so like the colours. Not best DOF MF but good macro shot, anyway.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-26 12:18]

Hello Foozi,
The butterfly in this photo is very beautiful. Great sharpness, details and bright colours. Personally I find the colours in the flower and BG a bit too heavy. This isn't god for the DOF. Fantastic composition.

Hello Foozi,
Great contrast, with a impressive background and correct ligth leve. This classical shot, handled with a good skill level! TFS, Regards, Jesús

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  • sotos (313)
  • [2010-04-26 14:39]

Hello Foozi
Very beautiful batterfly with vivid colors and great details

Hello Foozi
wonderful shot !! beautiful butterfly posed on a nice flower,
superb focus on both subjects
fantastic colors too
Have a good night

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6442 W: 89 N: 15589] (65224)
  • [2010-04-26 15:48]

Hi Foozi,this is a great gift to a butterflies fans like me!!And what a new and beautiful specie from your country,excellent composition,sharpness and colors too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-04-27 0:03]

Hola Foozi,
splendid macro,
sharpness and color attractive
fine bg. and pov.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2010-04-27 2:03]

Hi Foozi
what a pretty butterfly this one is.
You show him well on the flower. Good details and colours, especially against the green BG. Yes, nicely captured and well exposed.

Hello Foozi
good pose of this little Pieridae with great sharpness and good details. Optimal focusing and light.

Hello Foozi,
a very beautiful macro of the Striped Albatross, very good sharpness and bright colours, excellent POV, DOF and composition.
Best regards

Hello Foozi,
I like the lighting on this it is well balanced throughout the entirety of the image. The subject appears nicely exposed with a gorgeous green backdrop. Well done. :)

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 329 W: 12 N: 89] (9577)
  • [2010-04-27 22:02]

Ya Foozi Salaam,

Wow, I have no such patience to sit a side and wait but few of my friend do this. It is well focused and composed, also I do check the lens quality this is superb and it creats nice sharpness. The colours are very beautiful, well done.


hello Foozi

with the POV at its level and the superb focus
sharpness and details it is a excellent photo,
beautiful colour tones and hard luminosity
it is a very beautiful butterfly photo, TFS


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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 155 W: 8 N: 540] (3302)
  • [2010-04-28 10:31]

Classic and always beautiful scene.
Great luminosity and well saturated colors.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2010-04-30 3:48]

Hi Foozi!
Great sharp macro.
Excellent POV and shallow DOF. Very good light and colours. Congratulations.
Many thanks for your visit and comment



very nice capture, TFS Ori

Hi Foozi,

The butterfly is well placed iin the frame. The macro point of view is allowing me to see the details and colors of the Striped Albatross butterfly on the flower. The blurry background is putting in evidence the butterfly. The late morning light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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