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Athyma selenophora

Athyma selenophora
Photo Information
Copyright: John Wilburg (Maynayquan) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 0 N: 217] (1716)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-11-18
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-11-19 2:41
Viewed: 1992
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This butterfly I captured on the Baiyun Hill is called "the Staff Sergeant" and is male in its dry season form.
Some more information from the Wikipedia as follows:
The Staff Sergeant (Athyma selenophora) is a species of nymphalid butterfly found in tropical and subtropical Asia.
Male Upperside- black- Forewing: discoidal streak deep red, twice divided, the apical portion dusky white; three elongate oval white spots in the interspaces beyond; a distinct white band, variable in width, from dorsum to interspace 3; an obscure inner subterminal line of transverse whitish marks, and a still more obscure outer sub terminal pale line. Hind wing with the broad white discal band of the fore wing continued across to vein 1, a postdiscal narrow diffuse pale macular band, and a subterminal pale line; abdominal fold dusky grey ; cilia of both fore and hind wings black, alternated with white. Underside bright chestnut-red; the markings as on the upperside but all white, on the terminal portions of the wings diffuse; discoidal streak in fore wing white, diffuse, more broadly divided ; interspace 8 white at base, with a dark chestnut-red loop below it in interspace 7 crossing into the cellular area; very dark postdiscal blotches in interspaces 1a, 1 to 3 on fore wing; and a series of very dark chestnut-red marks between discal and postdiseal bands on the hind wing; dorsal margin of hind wing broadly blue, Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen very dark brown ; beneath, the palpi, thorax and abdomen white faintly tinged with blue.
Female Upperside velvety brownish black with white and pale markings, Fore wing : the discoidal streak clavate, twice divided, a large elongate triangular spot beyond apex of cell; a macular discal band of four large spots inclined outwards from dorsum, and three obliquely placed spots from beyond the middle of the costa, the lowest spot of these minute, the next two large, elongate, with a very slender short streak above them on the costa; an inner subterminal series of transverse spots and an outer subterminal pale incomplete line. Hind wing ; the subbasal broad band widening towards costa; a postdiscal series of large, inwardly bluntly conical spots and a broad subterminal pale line- Underside as in the male, but the white markings broader, the ground-colour not so bright. Antennae, thorax and abdomen as in the male but the abdomen with a white transverse band at base.
In the dry-season form the ground-colour in both sexes is brown, paler in the male than in the female; the discal band variable in width, but on the whole broader both on the upper and under sides, and the ground-colour on the underside ochraceous brown.

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Hello Mr.John,
I haven't seen this species also in our area.Nice butterfly.Well captured.I like its good sharpness and nice pattern on wings.Green is looking splendid too.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

HI John,
another nice capture of this butterfly. Excellent composition and presentation.
Nice natural colours.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-11-19 7:15]

Hello John,
Another brown butterfly with white markings. But all different. Very beautiful light, contrasting colours and fine sharply detailed. Nice composition.

hallo John
very nice composition with good details and lovely colours
a little to much light
thanks greeting lou

Ciao John, great macro of fantastic butterfly, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-11-19 14:28]

Hi John,a specie that remember me the Limenitis that lives in my country,great choice of point of view as usual and good details,only the white is a bit overxposed.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

HI John
照的清晰 很漂亮的蝴蝶
顏色華麗 它的图案很新奇
我有照過兩條線和三條線的 這品種很奇特
光線亮麗 整體清楚 也很美麗
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Impressive photo John! Very good composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-11-19 23:28]

Beautiful species and image...good composition, lighting and colors. tfs.

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