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Tamil Lacewing (DN)

Tamil Lacewing (DN)
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Copyright: arun tp (aruntp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-11-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix F 500 EXR
Exposure: f/5.3, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-11-10 1:29
Viewed: 1959
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Name : Tamil Lacewing
Scientific Name : Cethosia nietneri

Race mahratta (South India)


Upperside tawny yellow. Fore wing : cell anteriorly along its length and the outer half of the wing, following an irregular line from apex of cell to tornus, black, the black in cell formed of coalescent transverse bars ; a broad discal oblique fascia traversed by the black veins, followed by a postdiscal series of black-centred, outward turned, slender white lunules, a transverse series of white spots, and another, subterminal series of similar white lunules; interspaces 1 and 2-with three or four black spots. Hind wing with broad black costal and terminal margins and black markings somewhat similar to those on the hind wing of nietneri, but the markings in the interspaces narrower, the row of large spots margined with white, the inner series of lunules beyond the spots black, followed by a subterminal tawny-yellow band and a row of white, outward-turned, slender lunules as in nietneri. Underside variegated with ochraceous red, bluish white, yellow and black; the terminal margins of both fore and hind wings broadly black with white lunules, as on the upperside, and median short white lines from the margin in each lunule; cilia alternately black and white. Fore wing: basal area ochraceous red, cell with transverse short bands of black and bluish white, below the cell the ochraceous red at base, followed by whitish and then yellow, the disc spotted with black; the oblique white band as on the upperside, succeeded by a transverse postdiscal series of large black spots, ringed narrowly with white, with a row of paired black dots beyond, and a subterminal broad yellow band, its inner margin sinuous. Hind wing : basal area bluish, crossed by broken transverse broad black lines, and followed by a red, a bluish-white, a yellow, a purer white, and lastly a subterminal yellow band with rows of black spots between ; on the white band a median series of large black spots. Antennae black, head and thorax brownish black, abdomen ochraceous; the thorax beneath ochraceous, banded with black.


Similar, but the tawny yellow on the upperside paler, the markings larger and somewhat diffuse.


Cylindrical, but much constricted between each pair of segments, and tapering somewhat towards the head. Six longitudinal rows of fine-pointed spines ; on the head only one pair of longer blunt spines. Colour dark brown, with bright red bands encircling all the segments except the 1st, 2nd, 6th, and 8th ; on the 6th and 8th the red is replaced by broader bands of lemon-yellow.


"Hanging vertically, slender, with two large foliaceous processes springing from the middle of the back, and many less prominent processes on the head, thorax and abdomen; colour purplish brown, much mottled with lighter and darker shades; six dorsal spots of bright gold ... found on the wild passion-flower (Modecca palmata). The caterpillar is gregarious through life." (Davidson and Aitken)

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Hallo Arun
The shape of this Tamil Lacewing's wings as well as the colours and patterns are such a pleasure to look at and appreciate. I like the natural sunlight in the image very much as all the colours are shown so beautifully. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Ciao Arun, great macro of fantastic butterfly, splendid light, wonderful colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Arun,
One of the most beautiful images I have seen for some time. Perhaps you could have cropped off on the left quite a bit. But what a fabulous image! Well done!

Hello Arun

Fine POV to show this beautiful scenery with
the lovely light coming to the butterfly
and the foreground of the image, TFS


hello Arun
what a beautiful butterfly species. You nicely captured it against contrast lighting. superb colors. thanks for sharing. well done

Hello Arun.

Nice close up from this butterfly. Interesting point of view. Marvelous colors and transparency . Good management of light.

I have the feeling that you were not very close from the insect and that, probably you have resized the original picture too much. So that, finally, the sharpness is not very good.

Another point is that, in my opinion, it would have been better to remove the left side of the picture to kept the butterfly itself, without the leaves.

Anyway, this is a attractive photography.

Also an interesting scientific note.

Best wishes

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-11-14 5:55]

Hello Arun
Nice capture here ,great natural colours and light I also like the dark back round.I aggreed with others comment in regard of a little more cropping on the left but it is still a nice image
TFS Michel

What beautiful colors on it's wings and great macro!

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