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Rice Paper Butterfly

Rice Paper Butterfly
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Penang
Theme(s): Butterflies & Moths [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-08 22:13
Viewed: 5243
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot (taken at the Butterfly Sanctuary in Penang, Malaysia) actually shows two butterflies. The smaller one is the Malaysian Blue Clipper Butterfly (Parthenos Sylvia). It is of average size, what you would normally think of when you think butterfly (How's that for relativity? : P). It does give you an idea of how big the rice paper butterfly is.

My Malaysia Travelogue

Rice Paper Butterfly
(Paper Kite, Tree Nymph. Wood Nymph)
Idea leuconoe

Range: Philippines to Borneo and Formosa

Food: various species in the milkweed family

Notes: This species is likely to be conspicuous butterfly due to its large size (wingspan is 95 to 110 mm across), bright white color, and gentle, floating flight behavior. They tend to fly low and gracefully, lightly fluttering their wings while sipping nectar from flowers. Often, several males will simultaneously flutter around a female, vying for her attention. This is one of the largest species of milkweed butterflies (Danaiidae). Caterpillars are velvety black in color, marked with narrow yellow bands and red spots, and adorned with four pairs of black filaments. The chrysalis is yellow with black markings.
The name “Rice paper” comes from the translucent quality of the wings.
This species from tropical southeast Asia is a close cousin to our own familiar monarch butterfly.


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HI Manyee,

A lovely capture of this nymph , its difficult to capture this total white butterfly , but u have managed not to only to capture the beauty but also managed to get sharpness and BG.



That is one big butterfly... Good wing display. Interesting and informative note.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-12-09 1:16]

Hello Manyee,
your pictures shows 2 very different butterflies. I think the upper one is also worth to be mentioned.
While I. leuconoe is a slow gliding species, Parthenos sylvia (resting above) is a fast and strong flier which, however, can also be observed gliding slowly along forest edges.
The large leuconoe is shown with pretty good sharpness nearly on the entire wing surface.
Best wishes, Peter

hello manyee,
amazing capture, this species is so beautiful, against the colourful flower this butterfly looks great, well composed shot, suitable pov,
well done,
tfs & regards

Maravillosa macro.Saludos

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-09 2:38]

Hi Manyee.
I like your colourful shot of two wonderful butterflies and beautiful flowers. Amazing wingspread of both insects, great colour and details reproduction of the entire image, very nice composition, framing and POV. Well done and best regards.

Stunningly beautiful image of two butterflies, Manyee. Of course, you are referring to the bigger one here, but the other one is also very interesting.
The subject is captured in perfect detail atop the red leaf which serves as the most apt BG.
Thanks for your kind critique on my Jay picture.
Best regards.

Hello Manyee
two for one!!!!!
nice macro with a great BG that it amplifies the beauty of the butterfly
well done

best regards sERGIO

Excellent color and exposure Manyee.
I think the reds of the flower, and the dark BG really show off the rice paper nicely :)
The second smaller b-fly gives a sense of this b-flies large size too..
Well composed,
Well done!

Ciao Manyee,
veramente bella e imponente questa farfalla!
Una foto magnifica: mi piace soprattutto come risalta il colore bianco e nero delle ali sullo sfondo.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-09 9:07]

Hello Manyee,
Wow, what an amazing contrasts in the colours. Very beautiful. Excellent sharpness and composition. Very good POV and dark BG.

Hello Maynee,
This is very interesting to see the difference between those two species. This Rice Paper is so beautiful, very delicate and looks so fragile. I like those excellent details you captured, great exposure and DOF. TOnes of clors are bright and well saturated. Well done! Thanks,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-10 19:46]

Hello Manyee

Just marking the post for now


I'd say, relatively speaking, that is a BIG butterfly. It is interesting that with so much potential color in that sanctuary, your shot is mostly red, white and black. I am impressed with how many different butterflies you were able to shoot there.

Evelynn : )

Hello Manyee...
Well you like the cranes, and I wish I could see more butterflies.
You have a brilliant composition with these being encompassed by the red flowers.
Thanks for your view and comment.
Sorry I have been so absent.
Best wishes

Beautiful photograph. Sharpness and details are great. I love the color and contrast of the butterfly against the red flower.

Hey Manyee,

All I can say is WOW!!! This is an amazing shot of this beautiful butterfly!!! Excellent coloring, perfect sharpness, great composition. TFS!!!


Hi Manyee,
The black and white contrasty wings look incredible especially on the red background. The composition is nice and you filled in the frame with very nice results. TFS. :)

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