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Protographium philolaus philolaus

Protographium philolaus philolaus
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-13 12:34
Viewed: 3866
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Genus: Protographium
Species: P. philolaus philolaus

Papilio philolaus Boisduval, 1836
Eurytides philolaus
Graphium philolaus
Neographium philolaus
Papilio philolaus ajax Eimer, 1889 (preocc. Linnaeus, 1758)
Papilio philolaus nigrescens Eimer, 1889
Papilio philolaus f. niger Eimer, 1889
Papilio philolaus ab. felicis Fruhstorfer, 1904
Eurytides philolaus f. vazquezae Beutelspacher, 1976
Papilio xanticles Bates, 1863
Papilio plaesiolaus Staudinger, 1884
Papilio xanticles var. phileonra Haase, 1892
Papilio xanticles f. scheba Rothschild & Jordan, 1906
Eurytides xanticles
Neographium xanticles

The Dark Zebra Swallowtail or Dark Kite-Swallowtail (Protographium philolaus) is a butterfly of the Papilionidae family. It is found from southern Texas to northern South America.
The wingspan is 90–95 mm. There are broad black bars on the upper surface of the forewings of the males. Females are similar, although some are almost completely black. Both sexes have long tails. Adults feed on flower nectar.
The larvae feed on Annonaceae species
This subspecie live only in Mexico.


Protographium Filolao è una farfalla della famiglia Papilionidae. Si trova dal sud del Texas a nord del Sud America.
L'apertura alare è di 90-95 mm. Ci sono ampie strisce nere sulla superficie superiore delle ali anteriori dei maschi. Le femmine sono simili, anche se alcuni sono quasi completamente nere. Entrambi i sessi hanno la coda lunga. Gli adulti si nutrono di nettare dei fiori.
Le larve si nutrono delle specie Annonaceae
Questa sottospecie vive solo in Messico

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Hi Luciano
Hope the ground was dry. Super POV and detail. Composed well with a good DOV.
Thanks for sharing
Bes regards

Ciao Luciano, e questa come hai fatto a tenerla nascosta tutto sto tempo, favolosa farfalla, fantastici colori e ottima nitidezza, se la beccavi sopra un fiore era da urlo, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hello Luciano

Great macro of this butterfly posed over the ground,
with fine POV at its level, great DOF, beautiful light,
superbly focused, great sharpness and details, TFS


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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2013-01-13 16:36]

Just WOW!!!
I am speechless, dear Luciano! What a perfect shot!Amazing!
Nice week!

PS: thanks for visiting my gallery!I appreciated it!

Hello Luciano,
a magnificent picture taken from a perfect low angle to show the perfect beauty of this nice B'fly.
splendid sharpness and colour.
best wishes,

Hi Luciano,
another beautiful shot of butterfly. Excellent sharpness and details. Amazing colours. Perfect point of view and presentation.
Have a nice week,

Hi Mr. Luciano,

Thank you so much for the critique on my recent picture!

This Photo is beautiful. The subject is very elegant. Superb Sharpness, details and colors. Thank you for sharing this beauty!



Amazing butterfly Luciano! Great photo too! Very good composition, fantastic colours and impressive sharpness!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-01-13 23:44]

Beautiful swallowtail mud puddling here..fine viewpoint and image. tfs.

Hello Luciano,
Beautiful capture with an outstanding clarity and details,wonderful light,perfect exposure and lovely POV.
TfS and my regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-01-14 5:04]

Hello Luciano,
Brilliant macro of this butterfly in superb sharpness and details, splendid colours and taken from a perfect low POV.

蝴蝶太美麗 照的很清楚
它的顏色很特別 藍色紋路更是奇特
光線充足 色彩飽滿亮麗

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2013-01-14 7:24]

Hello my friend
Excellent closed up.Good point of view and sharp iamge.Details are amasing.Lovely colours also
TFS Michel

hello Luciano
super good sharpness picture with nice light and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-01-14 8:35]

Bonjour Luciano,
Il y a cachées dans tes archives pas mal d'espèces intéressantes de pays lointains. Ce papillon est vraiment beau, même pris dans un environnement peu spéctaculaire, comme ici sur ton image. Un angle de vue très bas, j'ai mal au dos en y pensant..
Bonne soirée

Hello Luciano,
An interesting photo of a butterfly on a hard surface road. Beautiful specimen.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2013-01-14 15:12]

Merhaba Luciano,
Tür ve fotoğraf harika..
Tebrik ederim, saygılarımla..

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-01-16 3:27]

Ciao Luciano,
I have not seen before ..
Nice colours good composition and sharpness details.
Best wishes,

Ciao Luciano. Una interessantissima bellezza messicana che meritava cotanta qualità. Miracolosa la luce.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-01-17 2:49]

Hi Lucino
such a lovely capture from Mexico. Exciting colours and slender wings seen in good details. The blurry background makes this image a well emphsised one.


Hi Luciano,magnificent specie
great work on machu picchu

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-01-17 22:29]

Hello Luciano,
A nice photograph of this protographium!
Excellent low POV taken with fine sharpness and natural colours while it is seeking salts on the ground.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Ciao Luciano,
I missed your new butterfly shots... and voilá, here it is, with exceptional sharpness and great shallow DoF which mish-mashes the uninteresting background so well. Fabulous composition, superb POV, and a top class job overall. Bravo!
Best regards, László

wow, che ti devo dire, mi piace tantissimo la farfalla, poi leggendo quanto grand'e' ancora di piu', complimenti per la foto !

ciao, tino

Hello Luciano,
Very beautiful butterfly and ... very nice capture!
I love the contrast between the dark grey ground and the bright colors of the butterfly. Very good POV, it was worth you lower!

Hello Luciano
The butterfly you captured here is stunning, Your close view is very sharp with lovely colour. Excellent notes and description.

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2016-04-19 22:48]

Magnificent picture, Luciano. A better quality is impossible.
Beautiful specimen and good informative note.


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