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Mycalesis gotama

Mycalesis gotama
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Copyright: John Wilburg (Maynayquan) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 0 N: 217] (1716)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-10-16
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-10-16 5:35
Viewed: 1652
Points: 24
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I came across this small butterfly at the edge of a bamboo clump on the Baiyun Hill. I think it is called the Chinese Bushbrown and its scientific name is Mycalesis gotama. This species should be in dry season form as its eye-like spots are smaller.
Mycalesis is one of the largest Satyrine genera, comprising of 88 known species, of which 2 have yet to be given scientific names. The genus is confined to the Oriental and Australian regions. They are instantly recognisable as a group, all being some shade of brown on both wing surfaces, and marked with a series of conspicuous ocelli, and a single straight median line across the underside of both wings. Many of the species are very similar, but can usually be distinguished from each other by close examination of the configuration of the ocelli and submarginal lines.
Mycalesis gotama is found in north-east India, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, West Malaysia, south China, Taiwan and Japan.
This species is found in rainforest and deciduous forest, usually in small glades or along logging roads. It occurs at elevations between sea level and about 600m.
The butterflies tend to be encountered in small glades or along narrow trails at spots where dappled sunlight penetrates to ground level. They fly infrequently and keep low to the ground, settling on dead leaves beneath bushes. The flight is slow, bobbing and erratic, as is typical of Satyrines.
Source: www.learnaboutbutterflies.com

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Ciao John, my today neighbour, great macro of lovely butterfly on beautiful blury BG, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-10-16 6:03]

Good image of beautiful species in its dry season form..tfs.

hallo john
very nice picture with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-10-16 7:12]

Hello John,
fine capture of this butterfly with good sharpness and lovely details. I also like the nice colours and good contrast against the background.Regards Siggi

Wonderful image of this Satyrine butterfly endemic to your part of China, John. I guess this is the maiden appearance of this species on TN. Well done!
The two tones of shades on the wings with small ringlets on the upper segment are well captured.
The light conditions are just perfect with a great DOF making the subject stand out distinctly.
Thanks and regards.

Ciao John
照的清晰 很漂亮的新品種蝴蝶
翅膀色彩樸素 卻很高貴
圖案真是特別出色 像是僅有一半的翅膀
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hi once again superb click...clarity is too good


TFS the intersting specie John! Very goodvdetails against the blurred BG.


Hi John,
interesting butterfly. Nice point of view. Perfect sharpness. Excellent presentation.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-10-16 10:57]

Hi John,
Good composition,amazing natural colors,sharpness details
and nice butterfly.
Regards Jiri.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-10-16 12:08]

Hi John,a delicate and elegant pose and an excellent capture for this rare beauty,excellent details and colors despite the cloudy location.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello John
Interesting butterfly and impressive photo. Very good composition, wonderful soft lighting and good sharpness.

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