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Mormon Courtship

Mormon Courtship
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 XR DiII LD Asp, Kenko UV 62mm
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-26 3:38
Viewed: 3160
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Common Mormon Papilio polytes is a common species of swallowtail butterfly widely distributed across Asia. This butterfly is known for the mimicry displayed by the numerous forms of its females which mimic inedible Red-bodied Swallowtails, such as the Common Rose and the Crimson Rose.


Jet black butterfly with row of white spots along the middle part of hindwing. 90–100 mm.

The male has one morph only. It is a dark-coloured swallow-tailed butterfly. The upper forewing has a series of white spots decreasing in size towards the apex. The upper hindwing has a complete discal band of elongated white spots. It may or may not have marginal red crescents. The males are smaller in size than the females.

The female of the Common Mormon is polymorphic. In South Asia, it has three forms or morphs.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-07-26 5:18]

Hi Harapasan
Nice composition.The timing was excellent you were able to capture a two for one.Nice light and colors and I also liek the nice OOF BG
TFS Michel

hello Haraprasan

excellent timing to shoot this photo of butterflies on action,
you focused superbly both subjects with great sharpness and details,



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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-07-26 7:56]

Hi Haraprasan
Waw...wonderful double capture of this amazing butterfly, one in fly!
Not easy to do that, but you did!

Hi Haraprasan,

a very good shot fromthis inflight butterflies.

Good pov and detail and great sharpness.
It is not easy to do this.

Fine colours.


Hello Haraprasan, a beautiful in-flight image of these beutiful butterflies with wonderful details and composition.
TFS and regards,

Excelente trabajo Haraprasan, lleno de oportunidad y buen gusto. Si ya es difícil "congelar " a una mariposa en pleno vuelo, dos ya es muy difícil.
Abrazo y gracias por compartir: Josep Ignasi.

Ciao Haraprasan, great capture of fantastic flng couple, diffucult to take one, two is incredible, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hallo Haraprasan,
a very good capture, great timing with a very beautiful posture of the butterfly in-flight, very good sharpness and splendid natural colours.
Best regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-07-26 16:27]

Hi Haraprasan,

Great timing to capture this action shot of the pair of Mormons. They both appear to be in flight which makes this amazing. They are both in perfect focus - not even a blur. Beautiful colors, setting and composition.


Namastay bhaijaan Hara,

A lovely moment captured. Nature at its finest.
TFS and have a nice day!


Hi Haraprasan,
wonderful species,
excellent colors.
A very fun and very charming sight.

Amazing behaviour captured here Hara.
Shame about the bright, but you could clone over if you wanted to of course.
Thanks for sgharing this interesting image.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-07-28 21:49]

Hi Haraprasan.
It is a really fantastic scene and superb quality of the shot. I have not any similar. Bravo. Timing is the best as well as framing of the scene at whole and wonderful reproduction of all features of beautiful butterflies. Well done and TS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-07-30 12:07]

Hello Haraprasan,
A very nice in-flight capture of these two Mormons,
It is great to see both surfaces of the wings in the same image. The timing, POV and clarity are excellent and both show well against the blurred natural BG.
Thanks for sharing this and all the best,

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