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Troides Helena Cerberus (10)
|Troides Helena Cerberus or common bird wing|
Took this pic with flash to give more details as the lighting was poor around.More of this beauty...
This spectacular "birdwing" has a wingspan which equals and sometimes exceeds that of the famous Rajah Brooke's Birdwing. It is essentially a jungle species but is drawn to cultivated areas where its host plant, Aristolochia tagala, can be found.
The black and yellow colouring is a warning pattern to predators that it is distasteful. The Common Birdwing attains a wingspan of 13 - 15 cm for the males and up to 18 cm for the females. This species is highly sought after by collectors and is a CITES-listed species in Malaysia, Singapore & indonesia.
The female, which is the bigger of the two, has a series of black spots on the hindwing.
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|I do not know to what extent this PP work has improved the image, GP; however, here is what I did:|
Lightened up the image in Paint Shop, enhanced saturation, used Salt & Pepper filter, used NeatImage filter, ran it through PS 6.01 for auto adjustments, cropped a bit and framed.
I did this for my own satisfaction, not to under-rate your skills. I hope you will forgive me for the liberty taken.