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Blue Admiral (up)

Blue Admiral (up)
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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: 2010-10-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2000 HD S2100 HD
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/220 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-02 2:18
Viewed: 3379
Points: 20
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Name : Blue Admiral
Scientific Name : (Kaniska canace)

The Blue Admiral (Kaniska canace) is the only species of the genus, Kaniska, a nymphalid butterfly found as far north as southeastern Siberia, west to Japan and Korea, east to India and south to Sri Lanka, Burma and parts of Indonesia. See also Anglewing butterflies.

Males and females upperside deep indigo-blue black; a postdiscal slightly sinuous blue band crossing both fore and hind wings, on the fore wing commencing immediately below a preapical white spot just beneath the costa and broadening gradually to the dorsum, on the hind wing broadening from the costa and extending to vein 1. On the fore wing this band is crossed by the black veins, the portion in each interspace, except in la and 1, rounded interiorly; anteriorly beyond the cell a short broad obliquely-placed bar joins the band almost to the costa. On the hind wing this band is traversed along its outer margin by a series of small black dots. On both wings there are some transverse, more or less broken, subterminal and terminal linear blue marks, more clearly defined and more continuous on the hind wing. In the female, the postdiscal band is broader than in the male. Underside brownish black, covered thickly with short transverse jet-black striae; the basal halves of the wings defined outwardly by a highly sinuous, somewhat broken, jet-black broad line; some similarly coloured transverse short broad marks in and below cell of fore wing; apex of fore wing broadly pale brown, that colour continued as a very broad irregular discal band to the dorsum; touched at the costa and outwardly near the tornus with greyish white; beyond this band a curved postdiscal sinuous series of jet-black lunules followed by a black subterminal ill-defined line, both the latter commencing at the falcate angle of the termen and extending to the tornus. Hindwing with a white spot at apex of cell and a continuation of the pale discal band of the fore wing, but far less prominent, much narrower and sinuous; beyond this the terminal half of the wing dull black, the transverse short striae very sparse, but with a transverse postdiscal series of minute black dots as on the upperside. Antennae black, flecked with minute ochraceous dots; head and thorax dark blue; abdomen dull black; beneath, the palpi and thorax with slightly bluish long hairs, the abdomen black flecked with white.

Race, haronica (Moore, 1879; Sri Lanka), closely resembles the typical form, but on the upperside the ground-colour at the bases of the wings is sometimes suffused with green, the transverse broad blue band is discal not postdiscal, and anteriorly is continuous with the broad short oblique bar beyond the cell, not commencing as in canace below the preapical white spot. On the hind wing the band is without the series of black dots, but beyond it then is a transverse postdiscal row of small blue spots. Underside as in canace but the ground-colour paler.

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Hello Arun.
A beautiful butterfly spaces, a good shot
Thank you for sharing. Best Regards,

Ciao Arun.Good contrast and colours in details and sharp. TFS.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-11-02 7:01]

Good image of this beautiful Admiral with good background. tfs.

Ciao Arun, fantastic butterfly with open wings, splendid light, fine details, wonderful colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-11-02 10:52]

Hi Arun,
Very good photo of this dark colored Butterfly, it is difficult to take a so good photo like this, TFS!

Hello Arun,
I like this a lot it has such fresh colors and wonderful sharp details. Beautiful POV and DOF.Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-02 17:12]

Hi Arun,impressive sharpness and colors in a difficult background,i like a lot the perfect light balance and the great wings position for the best result.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO.

Great close-up capture of this beauty that i am seing it firstly Arun! Very strange admiral indeed.
TFS and have a nice night!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-04-30 6:03]

Hello Arun,
You are my neighbour today. I had a look at your gallery and have found this very beautiful butterfly which you show with this fine picture with excellent sharpness and lovely colors. New for me this Blue Admiral.
Thanks and kind regards

wonderful butterfly , nice picture, congrats for the capture Arun !
have a good day !

ciao, tino

Hello Arun,

an nice shot taken by you from this beautiful butterfly.
Good of sharpness, pov and details.
Fine colors.


Hi Arun,
I'm surprised this great photo only received a handful of comments. Probably most of the people don't like b-fly images with pebbles in the background - but I'm quite the opposite. Greatly photographed scene, nice color contrast, and the simple background helps to lead the viewer's eyes to the butterfly. A nice shot, indeed. Congratulations.
Best regards, László

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