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Butterfly Collection

I had the pleasure of using my new Canon Macro 100mm lens to take photographs of butterfly collector Geoff Proctor's specimens. For all you butterfly and macro photography lovers out there - hope you enjoy!

Canon 5DM3
Canon Macro 100mm

With special thanks to Geoff Proctor of Real Wings & Things

Idea Leuconoe Clara -  Paper Kite Butterfly   Commonly known as the Paper Kite,  Idea leuconoe  are native to densely forested regions in South China, South Japan, Malaya, Java, Borneo, and the Philippines. These butterflies have weak, fluttery flight interspersed with gliding due to the high ratio of their wing-size to body-size.  Ref: http://eol.org/pages/137237/overview

Idea Leuconoe Clara - Paper Kite Butterfly
Commonly known as the Paper Kite, Idea leuconoe are native to densely forested regions in South China, South Japan, Malaya, Java, Borneo, and the Philippines. These butterflies have weak, fluttery flight interspersed with gliding due to the high ratio of their wing-size to body-size. 
Ref: http://eol.org/pages/137237/overview

Papilio maackii -  Alpine Black Swallowtail butterfly   Found in Asia, Japan, China and South Korea.

Papilio maackii - Alpine Black Swallowtail butterfly
Found in Asia, Japan, China and South Korea.

Trogonoptera brookiana  -   Rajah Brooke's birdwing   This is a male birdwing butterfly from the rainforests of the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Natuna.  The magnificent Rajah Brooke's Birdwing was discovered on Borneo in 1855 by the legendary explorer and naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace. It is widely distributed throughout Borneo, Sumatra, Palawan and the central states of West Malaysia, and in a few areas is very abundant, but populations are quite localised. It also occurs as a scarce species in Thailand.  Sadly the butterflies are killed in vast numbers, mainly by Orang Asli children, paid a pittance for the dead specimens by dealers who sell them on to gift shops. The majority are badly damaged because the children are unskilled with butterfly nets, and often use crude methods of killing - sometimes the butterflies are attracted to a sticky "bait" which glues their wings to the ground, or sometimes they are killed by throwing small stones at them.  Ref: http://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/Malaysia%20-%20Trogonoptera%20brookiana.htm   

Trogonoptera brookiana - Rajah Brooke's birdwing
This is a male birdwing butterfly from the rainforests of the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Natuna.

The magnificent Rajah Brooke's Birdwing was discovered on Borneo in 1855 by the legendary explorer and naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace. It is widely distributed throughout Borneo, Sumatra, Palawan and the central states of West Malaysia, and in a few areas is very abundant, but populations are quite localised. It also occurs as a scarce species in Thailand.

Sadly the butterflies are killed in vast numbers, mainly by Orang Asli children, paid a pittance for the dead specimens by dealers who sell them on to gift shops. The majority are badly damaged because the children are unskilled with butterfly nets, and often use crude methods of killing - sometimes the butterflies are attracted to a sticky "bait" which glues their wings to the ground, or sometimes they are killed by throwing small stones at them.

Ref: http://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/Malaysia%20-%20Trogonoptera%20brookiana.htm

 

Trogonoptera brookiana -    Rajah Brooke's birdwing   Female

Trogonoptera brookiana - Rajah Brooke's birdwing
Female

Ornothoptera   U  rvillianus  - Birdwing Butterfly  New Guinea

Ornothoptera Urvillianus - Birdwing Butterfly

New Guinea

Morpho polyphemus  -  W hite Morpho    A white  butterfly  of  Mexico  and  Central America , ranging as far south as  Costa Rica . As suggested by its name, this is one of the relatively few  morphos  that is white rather than blue. 

Morpho polyphemus - White Morpho 
A white butterfly of Mexico and Central America, ranging as far south as Costa Rica. As suggested by its name, this is one of the relatively few morphos that is white rather than blue. 

Morpho cisseis gahua  Dorsal (top) View

Morpho cisseis gahua
Dorsal (top) View

Morpho cisseis gahua     Ventral (underside) view

Morpho cisseis gahua
Ventral (underside) view

Papilio zalmoxis  -   G   i ant Blue Swallowtail    Dorsal (top) view    Found in Africa.

Papilio zalmoxis - Giant Blue Swallowtail
Dorsal (top) view 
Found in Africa.

Papilio zalmoxis  -   G   i ant Blue Swallowtail    Ventral (underside) view   

Papilio zalmoxis - Giant Blue Swallowtail
Ventral (underside) view 

Morpho Sulkowsyi  From: Cusco Peru Morpho first discovered in 1850. With a wingspan of 9.0 – 11.0 cm Morpho sulkowskyi is a big member of the family NYMPHALIDAE. The butterfly is predominantly white, but it has an iridescence blue on wings. This iridescence blue depends on the phenomenal microscopic structure of the scales.  Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morpho_sulkowskyi

Morpho Sulkowsyi
From: Cusco Peru
Morpho first discovered in 1850. With a wingspan of 9.0 – 11.0 cm Morpho sulkowskyi is a big member of the family NYMPHALIDAE. The butterfly is predominantly white, but it has an iridescence blue on wings. This iridescence blue depends on the phenomenal microscopic structure of the scales.

Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morpho_sulkowskyi

Ulysses Butterfly    It is found in most tropical areas like Northern Queensland, Northern islands of Australia and Papua New Guinea.   Ref: https://shoalhaven.net.au/~michelle/butterfly.html

Ulysses Butterfly

It is found in most tropical areas like Northern Queensland, Northern islands of Australia and Papua New Guinea. 

Ref: https://shoalhaven.net.au/~michelle/butterfly.html

Morpho Helenor -  Common Blue Morpho    As its common name implies, the blue morpho butterfly’s wings are bright blue, edged with black. The blue morpho is among the largest butterflies in the world, with wings spanning from five to eight inches. Their vivid, iridescent blue colouring is a result of the microscopic scales on the backs of their wings, which reflect light. The underside of the morpho’s wings, on the other hand, is a dull brown colour with many eyespots, providing camouflage against predators such as birds and insects when its wings are closed. When the blue Morpho flies, the contrasting bright blue and dull brown colours flash, making it look like the Morpho is appearing and disappearing.   Blue Morphos live in the tropical forests of Latin America from Mexico to Colombia. Adults spend most of their time on the forest floor and in the lower shrubs and trees of the understory with their wings folded.  Ref: http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/species/blue-butterfly

Morpho Helenor - Common Blue Morpho

As its common name implies, the blue morpho butterfly’s wings are bright blue, edged with black. The blue morpho is among the largest butterflies in the world, with wings spanning from five to eight inches. Their vivid, iridescent blue colouring is a result of the microscopic scales on the backs of their wings, which reflect light. The underside of the morpho’s wings, on the other hand, is a dull brown colour with many eyespots, providing camouflage against predators such as birds and insects when its wings are closed. When the blue Morpho flies, the contrasting bright blue and dull brown colours flash, making it look like the Morpho is appearing and disappearing. 

Blue Morphos live in the tropical forests of Latin America from Mexico to Colombia. Adults spend most of their time on the forest floor and in the lower shrubs and trees of the understory with their wings folded.

Ref: http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/species/blue-butterfly

Chrysiridia rhipheus   ( Madagascan sunset moth )   Dorsal (top) view     Is a day-flying  moth  and is considered one of the most impressive and appealing-looking moths in the world. It is famous and sort after by many collectors. Dru Drury, who described the moth in 1773, placed it in the genus  Papilio , considering it a butterfly. Jacob Hübner placed it in the moth genus  Chrysiridia  in 1823.   At first the moth was thought to be from China or Bengal, but was later found to be endemic to Madagascar.  Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysiridia_rhipheus

Chrysiridia rhipheus (Madagascan sunset moth)
Dorsal (top) view 

Is a day-flying moth and is considered one of the most impressive and appealing-looking moths in the world. It is famous and sort after by many collectors.
Dru Drury, who described the moth in 1773, placed it in the genus Papilio, considering it a butterfly. Jacob Hübner placed it in the moth genus Chrysiridia in 1823. 

At first the moth was thought to be from China or Bengal, but was later found to be endemic to Madagascar.

Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysiridia_rhipheus

Chrysiridia rhipheus   ( Madagascan sunset moth )   Ventral (underside) view      

Chrysiridia rhipheus (Madagascan sunset moth)
Ventral (underside) view 

 

Graphium Weiskei  - P    urple Spotted Swallowtail     Dorsal (top) view    Found only in the highlands of  New Guinea , is a butterfly of the  swallowtail  family. These swallowtails live in elevations of 4,500 to 8,000 feet (1,400 to 2,400 m).  Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphium_weiskei

Graphium Weiskei - Purple Spotted Swallowtail
Dorsal (top) view 
Found only in the highlands of New Guinea, is a butterfly of the swallowtail family. These swallowtails live in elevations of 4,500 to 8,000 feet (1,400 to 2,400 m).

Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphium_weiskei

Graphium Weiskei  - P    urple Spotted Swallowtail     Ventral (underside) view   

Graphium Weiskei - Purple Spotted Swallowtail
Ventral (underside) view 

Papilio Demoleus     A common and widespread swallowtail butterfly. The butterfly is also known as the common lime butterfly, lemon butterfly, lime swallowtail, small citrus butterfly, chequered swallowtail, dingy swallowtail and citrus swallowtail. These common names refer to their host plants, which are usually citrus species such as the cultivated lime. The butterfly is a pest   and invasive species from Asia and Australia which has spread to the Caribbean and Central America.  Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papilio_demoleus   

Papilio Demoleus 

A common and widespread swallowtail butterfly. The butterfly is also known as the common lime butterfly, lemon butterfly, lime swallowtail, small citrus butterfly, chequered swallowtail, dingy swallowtail and citrus swallowtail. These common names refer to their host plants, which are usually citrus species such as the cultivated lime. The butterfly is a pest and invasive species from Asia and Australia which has spread to the Caribbean and Central America.

Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papilio_demoleus

 

Malaysian Moon Moth  

Malaysian Moon Moth 

Nudaurelia Moth

Nudaurelia Moth

Graphium Antiphates -  Fivebar Swordtail    Found in South-east Asia .

Graphium Antiphates - Fivebar Swordtail

Found in South-east Asia.

Celebrating Beautiful Women of Nelson

It has been a dream of mine to take portraits of women from different cultures wearing their traditional dress. That dream became a reality upon meeting the vivacious Jacqui Holmes, who I meet as a potential model for a fashion shoot I was organising. We began chatting - as with Jacqui that is something she is extremely good at, I could talk to her for hours! I told her about my dream and she said lets make it happen "I have a church full of beautiful women from different countries" 

Together Jacqui and I organised a morning of pampering, hair, makeup, food and photography for the women of Victory Church. Our intention for it -  a time of blending, pampering, cultures mixing, yummy food and togetherness. 

Many of the women from Victory church are refugees from Myanmar - Burma, they have been persecuted for their beliefs and have fled to New Zealand making Nelson their home. Jacqui say's at Victory Church everyone in the congregation still has their individual cultural values and customs and this morning is a wonderful example of that. The women came with their traditional dress and were so brave in front of the camera - some even playing up for it! 

Ema and Janaya gave the women beautiful hair styles while Indie did an amazing job doing makeup for them. Karina a photography student at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology covered the event capturing behind the scenes images as well as beautiful group and individual portraits around the venue. 

It was a wonderful morning with smiles all around, lots of laughter and togetherness. I want to extend my thanks firstly to all the ladies who were brave enough to participate and let us make you feel special and capture your photographs. I want to thank the businesses and individual stylists who took time out of their day to come and donate their services and finally Jacqui who opened her home to us all.

Photography: Jessica Shirley 
Photography Assistant: Karina Kusumadarma
Hair: Ema Soole and Janaya Te Tomo of Elise Hair & Beauty
Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy

With special thanks to:
Sarah of Elise Hair & Beauty
Jacqui Holmes of Victory Church for hosting this wonderful event and giving these special women something they will never forget. 

Chido - Zimbabwe

Chido - Zimbabwe

Rudo - Zimbabwe

Rudo - Zimbabwe

Sharnene - New Zealand

Sharnene - New Zealand

Fay - New Zealand 

Fay - New Zealand 

Karen - New Zealand 

Karen - New Zealand 

Amelia, Elise and Yvonne - New Zealand 

Amelia, Elise and Yvonne - New Zealand 

Elise

Elise

Elise and Amelia 

Elise and Amelia 

Amelia 

Amelia 

Jacqui - New Zealand 

Jacqui - New Zealand 

Nunu - Myanmar

Nunu - Myanmar

Nunu - Myanmar

Nunu - Myanmar

Elizabeth - New Zealand 

Elizabeth - New Zealand 

Roslyn - New Zealand 

Roslyn - New Zealand 

Ruth - Myanmar

Ruth - Myanmar

Ruth-Mary and John - Myanmar

Ruth-Mary and John - Myanmar

Ruth and John - Myanmar

Ruth and John - Myanmar

Sepiuta - Tonga Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy

Sepiuta - Tonga
Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy

Blessing - Myanmar

Blessing - Myanmar

Blessing - Myanmar

Blessing - Myanmar

Blessing and Jacqui - Myanmar and New Zealand 

Blessing and Jacqui - Myanmar and New Zealand 

Blessing - Myanmar, Amelia and Elise - New Zealand 

Blessing - Myanmar, Amelia and Elise - New Zealand 

Blessing - Myanmar and Amelia - New Zealand 

Blessing - Myanmar and Amelia - New Zealand 

Dilruski - Sri Lanka

Dilruski - Sri Lanka

Amy - New Zealand 

Amy - New Zealand 

Lister - Zambia

Lister - Zambia

Lister - Zambia

Lister - Zambia

Nora - Cameroon, Africa  Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy Hair: Ema Soole

Nora - Cameroon, Africa
Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy
Hair: Ema Soole

Nora - Cameroon, Africa Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy  Hair: Ema Soole

Nora - Cameroon, Africa
Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy
Hair: Ema Soole

Nora - Cameroon, Africa and Lister - Zambia

Nora - Cameroon, Africa and Lister - Zambia

Julie-San and Blessing - Myanmar Hair: Ema Soole

Julie-San and Blessing - Myanmar
Hair: Ema Soole

Blessing - Myanmar

Blessing - Myanmar

Julie-San - Myanmar Hair: Ema Soole

Julie-San - Myanmar
Hair: Ema Soole

Mimi - Myanmar

Mimi - Myanmar

Lily - Myanmar

Lily - Myanmar

Lily - Myanmar 

Lily - Myanmar 

Sangi - Myanmar

Sangi - Myanmar

Nunu - Myanmar Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy Hair: Ema Soole

Nunu - Myanmar
Makeup: Indie Welsh of Prices Pharmacy
Hair: Ema Soole

Julie-San - Myanmar and Jacqui - New Zealand 

Julie-San - Myanmar and Jacqui - New Zealand 

Sangi and Mimi - Myanmar

Sangi and Mimi - Myanmar

Julie-San and Sangi - Myanmar

Julie-San and Sangi - Myanmar

Ruth-Mary - Myanmar

Ruth-Mary - Myanmar

Sangi and Nunu - Myanmar

Sangi and Nunu - Myanmar

Ruth-Mary and Lily - Myanmar

Ruth-Mary and Lily - Myanmar

Behind the Scenes

Photographer: Karina Kusumadarma