Swallow tail-Papilio Demoleus
|Copyright: akbar ali asif (AKBAR-ALI-ASIF)
|Date Taken: 2013-08-18|
|Exposure: f/3.4, 1/60 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2013-08-20 2:59|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|This is a macro mode shot of beautiful swallow tail butterfly( Papilio Demoleus). It's a rare site to find this butterfly especially in an around islamabad. I found one and chased it for more than an hour to get a decent closeup. In the presented snapshot, lower wings are not completely visible because of long grasses this butterfly preferred to sit upon. Details about featured specimen are as under:|
Common names: Common Lime Butterfly, Lemon Butterfly, Lime Swallowtail, Small Citrus Butterfly, Chequered Swallowtail, Dingy Swallowtail, Citrus Swallowtail.
Papilio demoleus is a common and widespread swallowtail butterfly. It gets its common names from its host plants, which are usually citrus species such as the cultivated lime. Unlike most swallowtail butterflies, it does not have a prominent tail. he butterfly is tailless and has a wingspan 80–100 mm. A broad, irregular yellow band is found on the wings above, which is broken in the case of the forewing. Besides this the butterfly has a large number of irregular spots on the wing. The upper hindwing has a red tornal spot with blue edging around it.
This butterfly is an avid mud-puddler and visitor of flowers. It basks with its wings held wide open on tufts of grass, herbs and generally keeps within a metre above the ground, even on cloudy days. It relies on its quick flight for escape.It is an interesting butterfly in that it has a number of modes of flight. In the cool of the morning, the flight is slow considering that it is an edible and unprotected swallowtail. As the day progresses, it flies fast, straight and low. In the hotter part of the day, it may be found settling on damp patches where it will remain motionless, except for an occasional flutter of wings, if not disturbed.
It is also a frequent visitor of flowers in gardens, where it shows a preference for flowers of smaller herbs rather than larger plants such as the ubiquitous Lantana with its plentiful blooms. It can be found swarming in the groves of its foodplants.
Research on freshly emerged imagines of Papilio demoleus showed that they have an inborn or spontaneous preference while feeding for blue and purple colours while the yellow, yellowish-green, green and blue-green colours are completely neglected.
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A Common Lime found on Indian sub-continent, my friend.
The picture is good though white balance is not at its best.
Don't jump to conclusions about the ID of your subjects. A little patience is required to carry our research to its correct conclusion.
- [2013-08-20 9:35]
A very nice capture of this common lime,excellent quality despite the difficult pose and the cloudy day too,very good exposure for the best white and good details too,the colors seems a bit cold.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano