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Clipper

Parthenos sylvia

Description:

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

Habitat:

Butterfly Garden

Notes:

"A cline of colour".... The Clipper has a range of background colours, running from green in India to blue in Malaysia, brown in the Philippines and yellowish in Queensland. A gradually changing trait, such as colour, over a geographical region is known as a "cline" in biology.

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44 Comments (1–25)

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 8 years ago

Thank you Robby!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 8 years ago

Thnx for the invite Dutta. I will do that.

duttagupta35504
duttagupta35504 8 years ago

Hi Jemma, you should add this to the Butterflies of Singapore mission
http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1912...

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Muchas gracias. Vale la pena visitar el jardín de mariposas en el aeropuerto de Singapur.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Thank you Fyn and congratulations for becoming Ranger!!!!

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 9 years ago

Beautiful!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Thank you jopy.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Thanks jolly. These are photogenic and lay still.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Thanks AJ. i find the facts on this butterfly interesting!

Ajwerko
Ajwerko 9 years ago

Beautiful butterfly!! Great photo!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Parthenos sylvia was scientifically described in 1775 by Pieter Cramer, a Dutch merchant of Spanish wool with a great interest in butterflies. The common name, clipper, is an allusion to the species’ white wing patches that look like the multiple billowing sails on the mighty sailing trade ships of Cramer's day. The white patches are located on the clipper's forewings and stand out against a background that varies in color. The appearance of this Indo-Australian butterfly fluctuates across its broad geographic distribution. The wings may change in size and be blue, green, orange or brown, but the white patches remain unchanged in all of the 26 subspecies.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

The clipper is one of the most photogenic butterfly species due not only to its beauty, but to the pose its members often strike. Clipper butterflies have a habit of resting or feeding on flower nectar open-winged for long periods of time. The sound and the flash of cameras pass by these models unnoticed, and not an antennae or wing flutters out of place.
http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/optics/olymp...

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Sachindra, I am glad you liked my butterfly collection. Looks like you are a butterfly lover. We have several in PN, Bayuccaa, Daniel , Ashish etc.

SachindraUmesh
SachindraUmesh 9 years ago

Wow! stunning capture!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Thanks Env!!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Thank you so much Leanna!:))

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 9 years ago

So beautiful Emma :)

chphotography8204
chphotography8204 9 years ago

Beautiful, Thanks for sharing.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Thanks so much Jolly! Butterflies are good subjects!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Thanks Johan, I am honored!

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 9 years ago

Looks like a painting Hemma. Beautiful

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Thanks, guys! :))

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Thank you so much Dixie and Antonio! I am honored :))

Dixie
Dixie 9 years ago

Beautiful!

Wow Hemma,what a beauty,great capture,congrats and thanks for sharing

HemaShah
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HemaShah

Singapore, Singapore

Spotted on Jan 2, 2013
Submitted on Feb 22, 2013

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