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Common Mormon

Common Mormon
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Copyright: Paul Lees (PaulLees) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 548 W: 0 N: 1647] (9004)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-11-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 105mm Macro, UV filters
Exposure: f/25.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-07 6:26
Viewed: 2557
Points: 30
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Common Mormon Butterfly

The Common Mormon also goes by Papilio Polytes. This is different from the Scarlet Mormon butterfly though they do have some similarities. They both come from Family Papilionidae, which are Swallowtails or Birdwings.

The sparkling iridescence that is on some of these beauties, is just beautiful. It shows up on the black colored parts of the wing, and when the sun is shining just right, really sparkles.


The forewings are black. At the margin there are some whit spots.
The underside is a copy of upside.

The hind wings are black and have tails. The margin is ridged. In the middle of wing there is a chain of white spots. In back there is a blue eye.
The underside is nearly a copy of upside, but there is a second chain of little white spots and the eye is blue and red.

The body is black.

Sex differences: The Females has a broad whitish area, with many black veins or stripes on forewing. In the middle of hind wings there is a white area with some black veins. Next to the margin there is a chain of red spots. In back there is a red spot.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-02-07 6:33]

Hallo Pauly,
Impressive Black Butterfly ..
Nice composition with a lovely butterfly. Excellent clarity, sharpness and focus.
Best wishes,

Hello Pauly
Great macro of this beautiful butterfly! Great composition and very good sharp details.
Thank You.
Best regards

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-02-07 7:44]

Hi Paul,
Beautiful and interesting butterfly. Nice natural colours and
sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-02-07 7:55]

Hello Paul,
this image is splendid! Outstanding sharpness and fine detail; great depth and perfect POV; beautiful natural colours and diagonal composition. Very well done!!

hello Paul
very good composition with great details and beautiful colours
the sharpness are super good
thanks Paul fore the nice comments

greeting lou

Hello Paul, another great capture with perfect light and details really. Another image to add to a collection already very beautiful. All the best, Paolo

Another impressive photo Pauly! Interesting subject, good composition, fantastic lighting, wonderful colours and great sharpness.

Hello Paul,
A Beautiful composition with contradicting colours that actually enhances your subject, the Common Mormon Butterfly. Excellent sharpness and detail with a good POV and DOF. Well done my friend.
Best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-02-07 10:38]

Hello Pauly,
Excellent sharp detailed photo in beautiful natural colours and a nice compsoition. Good choice of POV.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-02-07 12:02]

Hello Paul.
Excellent!Beautiful butterfly.POV,composition and sharpness all great.Perfect details and pleasant colours.Great work!Thank you for sharing.Best regards Siggi

excellent performance in this beautiful close up!
regards Paul

Excellent composition, nice setting, good detail and excellent exposure. A lovely butterfly
regards yiannis

Ciao Paul, great macro of fantastic butterfly, wonderful colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Pauly

Beautiful photo of this butterfly, with fine POV,
excellent focus sharpness and details,
excellent contrast of the color tones, TFS


very sharp and well composed picture. good colour and perfect white balance.

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