Common Banded Peacock
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|This is one of the biggest and most attractive swallowtail butterflies I have ever seen. I shot this one during my recent trek to mountains. On the first day of our trek, I found it fluttering restlessly from one spot to the other on a muddy and wet spot near a river. It was a challenging task to shoot it for many reasons; firstly, it never settled at one spot for more than a few seconds; secondly, it wings never stopped fluttering; thirdly, it was about 1 pm in the afternoon with the sun really bright and hot. Eventually, out of nearly a dozen bad shots, I selected this one to share with you. BTW, I had a similar experience with it last year while on another trek to the mountains.|
The Common Banded Peacock (Papilio crino) is a species of swallowtail (Papilionidae) butterflies found in parts of South Asia, including India and Sri Lanka.
This species resembles Papilio palinurus, but the male generally has, on the upperside of the outer half of the forewing, cottony or hairy scent-streaks similar to those in Papilio polyctor, only the streak in interspace 1 is always missing. Other differences are seen in the upper wing. The forewing has the discal transverse bluish-green band slightly sinuous, narrower, more curved than in P. palinurus and more distinctly decreasing in width towards the costal margin; in the female it is more sinuous than in the male. The hindwing has the transverse bluish-green band very variable in width but the inner margin is much straighter than in P. polyctor; this band that in P. polyctor stops short of vein 7, continues to the costal margin, it is however much and abruptly narrowed above vein 7; tornal ocellus claret-red with a large black centre inwardly edged with blue; the bright ochraceous subapical lunule of P. polyctor replaced by a dull whitish spot; the subterminal diffuse green lunules restricted to interspaces 2,3 and 4; the spatular apex of the tail with a small patch of bluish-green scales.
On the underside of the wings the ground colour is dull pale brown to blackish brown irrorated with scattered yellowish scales, which, however, on the forewing are absent from a large triangular discal patch that lies between the dorsum, the median vein, vein 5 and a line of white lunules that crosses the wing in an outward curve from the upper third of the costa to just before the tornus; these white lunules are outwardly diffuse and merge gradually into the brown ground-colour. In the Hindwing, the tornal ocellus much as on the upperside; an obscure ill-defined highly arched postdiscal narrow whitish band from above the tornal ocellus to the costa, ends near apex of interspace 7 in a broad white lunule; beyond this a double subterminal row of somewhat straight ochreous-white lunules in the interspaces, each lunule of the inner row bordered outwardly with blue, this bordering very faint in many specimens. Cilia of both fore and hindwings brown alternated with white. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen dark brownish black; the head, thorax and abdomen above with a sprinkling of glittering green scales.
Expanse: 100–116 mm
Lower Bengal; Forested parts of Central and Southern India (including Kerala); Sri Lanka.
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- [2012-06-19 8:37]
Exciting to meet such a fantastic butterfly. Splendid colours. Good sharpness and a fine composition.
good details and nice pose with beautiful colours
nice light to
thanks greeting lou
very good point of view. Amazing colours. Perfect composition. Interesting.
Thanks for sharing,
Ciao Ram, lovely butterfly with fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
fine capture of this butterfly with good sharpness and beautiful metallic colours. This is really a fantastic butterfly.
Ciao ram. Wonderful metallic colours and excellente details. Interesting/difficult POV MF.
Amazing butterfly Ram! The colours are fantastic!
- [2012-06-20 0:15]
Impressive colors and light! TFS Tina
- [2012-06-20 5:10]
Guten Tag Ram,
You must have been very excited to follow this superb beauty..what an amazing creature! You had a very difficult point of view, which you managed very well. Like our Machaons they seem to flutter restlessly, what doesn't make it easy for the phototographer. Most interesting posting!
Beautiful capture of this wonderful butterfly.Amazing colours.Great finding.Congrats!
Have a good day!
wow wow wow! at last, Ram? i can feel the excitement in others after they have met this butterfly! ...i have experienced that :)
it's a breathtaking beauty. but for biggest, wait for a Blue Mormon. that's truly HUGE :)
thanks for this photograph. takes me back to my old days back in my country.
This must be one of the most incredible butterflies I have ever seen Mr. Thakur .... with those gorgeous Emerald and Lazurite colors mixed together. WOW! Would be nice to see that species with fully open wings as well! Wonderful, Mr Thakur ...wonderful!