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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5097 W: 166 N: 13041] (48616)
Genre: Animals
Média: Couleur
Date de prise de vue: 2009-10-22
Catégories: Insects
Appareil photographique: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposition: f/5.6, 1/640 secondes
More Photo Info: [view]
Versions: version originale
Date de soumission: 2009-10-26 9:38
Vue: 3701
Favoris: 1 [voir]
Points: 78
[Ligne directrice - Note] Note du photographe
Photographed in a butterfly house.

The Clipper (Parthenos sylvia) is a species of nymphalid butterfly found in South and South-East Asia. It is species found mostly in forested areas.

The Clipper is a fast flying butterfly and has a habit of flying with its wings flapped stiffly between the horizontal position and a few degrees below the horizontal. It may glide between spurts of flapping.

Male and female. Upperside : ground-colour a bright bronze-green, the subhyaline white spots near the apex of cell in the fore wing more opaque, the broad discal band of large white spots proportionately more basal further from the termen and very irregular, the spots, especially towards the hinder part of the wing, more widely separated, the spot in interspace 5 more acutely triangular and smaller, the two spots above shifted obliquely inwards towards the costa, making the outer margin of the discal band angulate at interspaces 5 and 6. Hind wing: the postdiscal and sub-terminal markings broader and more diffuse than in P. gambrisius, giving a dark shade to the whole of the apical half of the wing. Underside pale greenish grey. Fore wing: the spots and markings except the basal black streaks as on the upperside, the groundcolour fading to an ashy grey towards the terminal margin. Hind wing similar to the underside of hind wing of P. gambrisius, but the discal transverse sinuous black line very broken and incomplete, the postdiscal, subterminal and terminal black markings somewhat better denned. Antennae black; head, thorax and abdomen bronze green, barred with black above ; beneath whitish.

Western Ghats, Assam, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia (Malaya, Philippines, New Guinea).

Life history
Larva. Cylindrical; head and anal segment with short simple spines; segments 3 to 12 with longer branched spines, reddish brown in colour, those on 3 and 4 comparatively very long. Colour pale green, with yellowish-white lateral stripes one on each side. Pupa "brown, boat-shaped." (After Davidson & Aitken)

Source: Wikipedia

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A hansh: Gele randjePeterZ 1 10-26 13:04
A Heaven: postprocessingPeterZ 2 10-26 12:57
A euroblinkie: stapje naar linksPeterZ 1 10-26 11:24
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hello Peter
fine POV and DOF it creates a very good optical effect, impressive colours and macro photo!
TFS thanks for sharing

Excellent shot with beautiful effects and details, Peter!
Nice to be your neighbour!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-10-26 9:56]

Hello Peter
Wonderful composition, beautiful butterfly with vivid colors ... excellent work

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  • alin-m Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 472 W: 1 N: 126] (1773)
  • [2009-10-26 10:25]

Terrible immage,nice colours and wonderfull composition.Great post card.Congratulation.Alin.

Hello Peter,
Excellent composition, amazing colours and sharpness.
Very good details.

hallo Peter
mooie compositie die kleuren van de plant met de vlinder
goed van scherpte en mooie kleuren
zonde van de achtergrond ,kon je niet een stapje naaar links gaan?
dat zal wel niet ,denk ik
groetjes lou

Hello Peter,

A great capture with lovely colors, details & POV.

Very well done & TFS.



Dear Peter!

I like this colourful picture of the Clipper very much. Beside the superb lightplay and the colours I like the composition with the two butterflies - one in perfect focus, the other one blurred - very much. The picture is of good quality although there are some traces of probably the postprocessing.

Your notes are very interesting and instructive, too. Many thanks!

Kind regards


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-10-26 11:20]

Hi Peter. Butterfly pictures are unusual from you. I see you have had a trip to a butterfly house. From this beauty it looked well worth it. I have never seen one with such golden colours. Taken with fine detail and rich colours. we can see the wing markings from your POV. well taken TFS.

Hello Peter,
a fantastic picture of the Clipper, wonderful bright colours, very good sharpness, a very beautiful visual impression.
Best regards

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-10-26 12:07]

Very interesting photo, very good composition!

Hello Peter,
Excellent capture of this nice butterfly, good composition and BG!!!
TFS. Regards. Ferran

Ciao Peter, splendid Parthenos sylvia with fantatstic colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Ciao Peter. What winner POV to exalt depht and perspecive! Excinting colour and light too. Indedd an interesting compo.


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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 279 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-10-26 12:58]
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Hallo Peter.

Prachtige opname met mooie kleuren en een prima compositie.
Ik had zelf misschien het gele randje iets links van het midden onderaan weggepoetst maar het geheel ziet er aantrekkelijk uit om naar te kijken.

Gr. Hans

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-10-26 13:12]

Waw...wonderful capture!
Great details and colors.

Hallo Peter,

Een mooie foto van deze vlinder, zal binnenkort ook eens vlindertuin vlinders plaatsen.
Door wazige vlinder goede diepte erin.
Prachtige kleuren.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-10-26 13:53]

Hello Peter.
Excellent shot, perfectly sharp and clear.
Excellent color and composition too and a very good information.Very good job.Thank you very much for sharing.
Best regards Siggi

Magnífico conjunto y un bello trabajo con los colores.
Saludos Peter.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5937 W: 89 N: 15049] (63072)
  • [2009-10-26 15:54]

Hi Peter,fantastic specie and fantastic composition first! What a beautiful idea the second butterfly in background,top quality of sharpness and colors,this is one of the best composition of the year,very professional work!! Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1000 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-10-26 16:23]

Slav Peter,
Wonderful macro with impressive colors and excellent composition.The sharpness and POV are very good.TFS.

Hello Peter,

What can I say?

This picture is all a postcard!

Congratulations, great photographic concept!



Hi and Good Morning MF Peter,

Utterly outstanding macro capture of this beautiful butterfly in a charmy atmosphere with wonderful POV/DOF, neat details and fine composition.
TFS and have a nice new day MF!

Ps. Sorry for delaying in commenting since i was verry bussied with educational (both diurnal and nocturnal) obligations yesterday!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-10-26 22:41]

Very artistic, colorful and almost like an abstract. tfs.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2800 W: 0 N: 6695] (25837)
  • [2009-10-26 22:42]

Hi Peter,
Im simply speechless and wordless.This exciting shot is a dream shot.
So marvellous and fantastic, the colours, the composition and the effect - simply stunning.
Real top shot.


Hallo Peter
Like always your presentation is done with pride and utter care and I appreciate you for that. This butterfly has fine and delicate features, and the close-up highlights it to its best. The subtle details are clearly seen and the overall sharpness is excellent. Thanks for sharing this beautiful Clipper with us. I like the overall feeling of autumn in your image. It is very catching, just as the blurred butterfly in the background. Best regards

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 810 W: 0 N: 2389] (10488)
  • [2009-10-27 2:33]

Hi Peter,
Butterflies with a beautiful composition ...
Vivid colors and detail are very good.
Best wishes,

Hi Peter
WOW! A beautiful display of color...Very well composed...TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3049 W: 3 N: 8710] (40548)
  • [2009-10-27 5:41]

hello Peter.
Amazing and most beautiful composition enhanced by a wonderful color-combination. It's almost some kind of abstract. A very special butterfly-picture.
Very well done.
Kind regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2009-10-27 8:46]

Hello Peter,
This is so beautiful and I love the autumn colours!! The Clipper is normally shown with a green background but here they look really fabulous. Great details and a lovely composition!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-10-27 10:05]

Hi Peter.
Fantastic scene. You are a luck photographer. Shapes and colouration of the leaves and butterflies are fine. Combination of crisp sharpness of the nearest insect and blurriness of the other objects and BG at whole are wonderful and very pleasant for look. Bravo. Perfect job.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5077 W: 260 N: 15590] (50614)
  • [2009-10-27 13:14]

Hello Peter,
The fine sharpness of the nearest butterfly, the POV and the OOF BG that includes another of the same species contribute to a fine 3-D effect and a very nice portrayal of this Asian species of Nymphalid butterfly.
Thanks and all the best,

Hello Peter
i like the warm color tones in this image, the two butterflies have very beautiful pattern on her wings, nice pose and very sharp details of he Clipper in the foreground
Have a good night

Hi Peter
Excellent details and colors...Very good catch..
Nice composition...TFS.

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 301 W: 0 N: 439] (1711)
  • [2009-10-28 12:40]

Hello Peter
beautiful Parthenos sylvia captured with optimal definition and details. The precise focusing reveals us all the several shadings on theirs wings. Great job.

hello Peter
what a great capture of very beautiful Clippers on similar colors BG. sharp focus, POV/DOF and light using great. colors splendid. rare one nice on composition. thanks for sharing this beauty. best wishes

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2271 W: 64 N: 4205] (13964)
  • [2009-11-15 4:02]

Hi Peter,
That's a beautiful photo. Well done and TFS
Best wishes,

hello Peter!
a beautiful visual of this pair of butterflies resting on leafs...
good chromatism and details

greeting sERGIO

Hello Peter

Beautiful photo of this butterfly with its
warm color tones, also beautiful warm light,
great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


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