11 July 2013

Butterflies Galore! : Five Bar Swordtail

Butterflies Galore!
The Five Bar Swordtail (Pathysa antiphates itamputi)

This fast-flying "swallowtail" butterfly is always a crowd-pleaser whenever it appears. Usually easier to approach and photograph when it is puddling, the Five Bar Swordtail is unique in the sense that its long tails taper off in a sword-like shape. The colours on the undersides of the wings are also an attractive blend of black, white, yellow and green.

This well-executed shot of the Five Bar Swordtail was taken by ButterflyCircle member Loke PF last weekend at the Dairy Farm Nature Park. The puddling butterfly's colours are brought out effectively on a clear background of pastel green. Note also the little bubble of pee at the tip of the butterfly's abdomen.