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PAINTED JEZEBEL ON A FLOWER


PAINTED JEZEBEL ON A FLOWER
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Copyright: Nitin Jawale (NitinJawale) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 118] (1375)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-02-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Cannon EOS 550D, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-26 1:15
Viewed: 1459
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Painted Jezebel Delias hyparete is a medium sized butterfly of the Family Pieridae found in Asia.
Like many species from the Pieridae family, this is a medium sized insect with white as the dominant colour and some degree of black on its wing veins. It cannot be mistaken for any other butterfly due to its bright colours and flight pattern, which has been described as a nonchalant, graceful and slow flapping of the wings. The reason for this 'devil may care' attitude is its toxicity that was accumulated during its earlier stages as a caterpillar. As a warning to predators of this fact, it displays red and yellow on its underside hindwings.

Delias Hyparete metarete (Painted Jezebel)


The genus Delias, represented in Singapore by one other species that is most likely extinct; ie Delias pasithoe parthenope, are lofty fliers, usually seen at tree canopy level. However, they do come down occasionally to feed on nectaring flowers. While the females of this genus are rarely seen, females of Painted Jezebel are less elusive. She can be easily differentiated from the whiter males.

A frequent visitor to open woods and gardens, this species has been spotted flying in all sorts of weather, even when the sky turns dark and menacing. I have chanced upon two individuals chasing each other during a bout of heavy drizzle. On other occasions, it has being spotted on the wing even at dusk. Seasonally common at elevations up to 4,000 feet, it is by far the most abundant on the plains.

Dendropthoe pentandra
Eggs are laid many at one go, usually more than a dozen, by the female on the underside of a leaf of the hostplant, Dendropthoe pentandra (Loranthaceae) which is a parasite to trees. They are creamy yellow and slightly elongated and are placed in an elliptical pattern about the size of a twenty-cent coin. The gregarious hairy larva has an overall dirty yellow body with a black head. Throughout its five instars, it retains this coloration. Feeding is done together as a group on the upper surface of a leaf. As the time of pupation approaches, each caterpillar will break away from the group to find a secure place to pupate. Its pupa is yellow with shining black spots and stumpy spikes. It is attached to either a twig or the under surface of a leaf and is suspended by a very fine girdle.

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Ciao Nitin.
Complimenti una stupenda foto,con dei colori meravigliosi,grande nitidezza e particolari,
eccellente la composizione. Molto bravo.
Ciao Marco.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4990 W: 88 N: 13662] (56036)
  • [2012-02-26 1:28]

Hi Nitin,this is a great gift to the butterflies fans like me,spectacular specie and very good capture whit fanastic colors and perfect point of view too!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.

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  • aljy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 46 W: 4 N: 41] (591)
  • [2012-02-26 1:57]

hello nitin

excellent capture of this butterfly my friend.
composition sharphness ar stunning.it is very clear presentation my friend.
tfs
have a nice day.
julkarany.

Hallo Nitin
This is a truly beautiful macro. Both your subjects, the butterfly and the flower is special and very eye-catching. I like the very rich colour of the flower as well as the sunlight that brightens up all the colours to the best. Thanks for sharing a pleasant and most colourful image. Best regards.
Anna

Hello Nitin
Fantastic capture You did here.Wonderful vivid colors and great sharpness.Love it!
Thank You,
Best regards
J.Diogo

Really beautiful. Very colorful and with a striking result. It attracts only looking at.

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