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The Brown Clipper

The Brown Clipper
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Copyright: Piotr Kurosz (kurekpit) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 611 W: 120 N: 629] (2811)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-17
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL, Tamron SP AF28-75/2.8 XR Di LD, Sandisk Ultra II 2GB, CPL DGH Marumi
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflys, kurekpit photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-17 18:39
Viewed: 2270
Points: 68
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The Brown Clipper - Parthenos sylvia

I took this picture in "Dublin Butterfly House" in IRELAND

Class: Insect
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Native Location: Philippine Islands(South and South-East Asia)


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 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

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)

Info from Wikipedia


Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Lens:Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di IF
Focal Length: 75,0 mm
Exposure Time: 1/500Sec.
F-stop: f/4,5
ISO Speed - 1600
Image Quality - JPG

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Nice details in the middle part of the butterfly Piotr. It's often difficult to get the whole thing in focus because your forced to shoot fairly wide open. I find it helps if you try to capture it when both wings are down or both wings are up. Either way, this one is a pleasure to view.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2007-01-17 19:09]

Hi Piotr, we have these butterflies in our Butterfly House in NZ too. And they are always so happy to let us photograph them. You show him well, thank you

Preciosa imagen y original POV. Bellos colores y magnífica presentación.
Saludos & TFS, Juan Luis.

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  • mpr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 7 N: 344] (2280)
  • [2007-01-17 19:47]


Excellent Macro. The details are excellent. The foreground of the leaf is a bit out of focus but that is to be expected with the wide aperature. The butterfly is as sharp as can be and the colors are beautiful.


Hello Piotr,
perfect sharpness of your close-up with superb colour and much details
thanks for sharing

Hi Piotr,
An excellent composition. Beautiful color saturation. Due to this shooting angle you you need more DOF. Probably f11 or f16 to get sharp focus all the way through. That would have taken the shutter speed down to tripod requirments. I usually shoot all my indoor butterfly shots of a tripod. It does look beautiful!

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2007-01-18 4:10]

No super.Ten motyl dla mnie wyglada jak wielki jumbo-jet co to wlasnie startuje z lotniska w lot nad Atlantykiem. Super kolory Piter i tlo spokojne. Super fotka i dobrze, ze tu jest.

Piekne zdjecie.
Czekam nieceirpliwie na kolejne fotki, Piotrze.

hello piotr!
welcome on TL!
beautiful photo of butterfly, great colors and composition.

bonjour piotr
très jolie cette photo
beau cadrage

very nice photo tfs.........

This is so wonderful shot!!!

Excellent macro Piotr. Good colour and fine detail. Welcome to TL and TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Tasmanian Devil’

Beautiful macro, very nice colours and textures, interesting POV. I have always loved macros and I'd like to take some myself, but I did not till now.



Hi Piotr,

Folks in TrekNature would love this very much. Excellent details and DOF. POV is very good.



:) later

Hi Piotr,

This is a beautiful picture my friend! Excellent DOF with a nice diagonal composition and with the butterfly razor sharp captured. Also great colours. Superb posting!


:) Later..

Merhaba Piotr
Good work. Very nice butterfly.
Well done. Perfect forms and colour.
Thanks for sharring.


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  • lucbus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1809 W: 92 N: 1864] (10358)
  • [2007-01-21 16:58]

Hello Piotr,
This is a superb macro with great colors and sharpness. I like the position of the butterfly with the perfect focus on it. Very well done.

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2007-01-22 15:47]

What amazing colors I love your DOF .. BG is perfect. well done


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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2007-01-22 17:30]

Hola Piotr, tu galería tiene fotos excelentes, magnífico pov y detalles, muchos saludos

Cze¶æ!!!no coz uda³o Ci sie wykorzystac chwile i zrobic to niezle zdjecie,gratuluje!! Pozdrawiam!

Hi Piotr,

Beautiful details, their colors in their wings make such a big composition that hardly sees himself his body.
Visual, big beautiful details, colors and sharp wonderful.
Presentation A+++++


Lovely shot - great colours and details. I like the POV you've used, giving the impression that it could fly away at any second.
Thanks for sharing

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  • SaraT Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 165 W: 0 N: 217] (1155)
  • [2007-02-02 16:57]

very neat photo
the butterfly stands out with the blurred bg.
very nice colors and details

Piotr, very beautiful butterfly capture. Nice colors, sharpness and POV. :) Vandana


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 482 W: 69 N: 18] (72)
  • [2007-02-13 15:34]

hello Piotr
here is beautiful butterfly and well close-up photo. i like composition, point of view, background, colours, details and framing in your photo.
thanks for sharing

nice macro love the dof, good one, thanks scott

Świetne złapany... pozazdrościć.. :)
A gdzie dokładnie jest ten "Dublin Butterfly House"... z chęcią bym się wybrał...tylko póki co, tele nie mam ;/

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  • kateb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 486 W: 147 N: 338] (2991)
  • [2007-03-15 16:57]

A great macro photo. The only suggestion I have here is if you would have been able to use a smaller aperture (and corresponding slightly slower speed) to get more depth of field - if the butterfly's antenna was also in focus, that would add to the picture.

Hello Piotr
excellente macro d'un joli pappillon aux belles couleurs
belle netteté


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  • vtd_k Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 261 W: 0 N: 128] (1270)
  • [2007-04-04 14:09]

Hello Piotr,
Really nice photo. Great shot and nice color.
Good compo. I like it.


i Piotr. nice buterfly, excelent macro very shapen. TFS


This is a lovely shot. It is not always easy to take shots in butterfly houses because of the lack of light so this is a nice shot. DOF is fine and the butterfly is nicely sharp. Nice POV giving us the butterflies view



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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2007-05-27 7:35]

Hi Piotr ;)
excellent macro, nice point of view...TFS
Best regards,
J ;)

Great work, good details!well done!

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