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Chocolate Pansy (DN)

Chocolate Pansy (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: 2011-08-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S 1800
Exposure: f/4.6
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-01 23:28
Viewed: 2315
Points: 24
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Name : Chocolate Pansy
Scientific name : Junonia iphita

The Chocolate Pansy or Chocolate Soldier (Junonia iphita) is a butterfly found in Asia.
It is about 5–6 centimetres (2.0–2.4 in) in wingspan and the female can be told apart from the male by white markings on the oblique line on the underside of the hind wing. The wavy lines on the underside of the wings vary from wet to dry season forms.
Individuals maintain a territory and are usually found close to the ground level and often bask in the sun.

Upperside of both sexes brown of varying depths of colour. Fore wing: cell with one pair of subbasal and one pair of apical transverse sinuous fasciae, the outermost defining the disco-cellulars; a short, broad, dark, oblique fascia beyond to vein 4, its inner margin diffuse, its outer sinuous but sharply defined; below vein 4 a sinuous, transverse, more faint fascia, followed by a discal blackish fascia, very broad and diffuse, below costa, bordered by a row of faint ocelli, and a postdiscal and a subterminal similar fascia following the outline of the termen. Hind wing with a slender blackish loop near apex of cellular area; a broad inwardly diffuse, outwardly well-defined short discal fascia in continuation of the one on the fore wing; a series of postdiscal somewhat ochraceous ocelli with black pupils minutely centred with white; postdiscal and subterminal broad lines as on the fore wing.

Underside brown, with very broad darker brown transverse fasciae, the interspaces between the markings irrorated with purplish silvery scales. Fore wing with two sinuous fasciae on basal half succeeded by a discal fascia, very broad at the costal margin and decreasing in width to the dorsum, bearing on its outer border a row of obscure ocelli. This is succeeded by a zigzag dark line, and sinuous subterminal and terminal lines ; apex and tornal area suffused with purplish silvery. Hind wing : two irregular, very broad, dark brown, curved short fasciae near base ; a straight, transverse, prominent, narrow ochreous-brown discal band defined outwardly by a black line ; a transverse postdiscal dark brown fascia, widest in the middle and bearing outwardly a curved row of ochreous-brown white-centred ocelli, followed by a zigzag dark line in continuation of the one on the fore wing; a subterminal somewhat diffuse dark fascia and a terminal dark line. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen dark brown.

Life cycle

The eggs are often laid on the ground or on dry twigs near the host plants rather than on them. On hatching the larvae find their way to the host plants.

Larval food plants

The larvae feed on a variety of plants of the family Acanthaceae species recorded are Hygrophila costata, Justicia micrantha, Justicia procumbens, Justicia sphaerosperma, Lepidagathis formosensis, Strobilanthes callosus and Strobilanthes formosanus.

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Ciao Arun, lovely little butterfly in a beautiful natural ambientation, excellent sharpness, fine details, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Interesting species with warm chocolate colour. Good point of view and sharp details. regards yiannis

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-09-02 1:43]

Hi Arun,a great capture in a magnificent game of lights and shadows,great beauty and great sharpness and colors,the perfect brown of the chocolate..ehehe...Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Great capture of this Chocolate Pansy with excellent sharpness and fine details.

Bonjour Arun,
Belle composition pour ce papillon. Le papillon est sombre mais tu as réussi à l'isoler dans la partie éclairée de la photo.

Hello Arun,
Interesting species, also interesting natural view!

Hello Arun,

an nice image taken by you from this butterfly.
Good pov and sharpness.
Fine colors.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-02 9:49]

Hello Arun,
Very nice photo of this butterfly in a beautiful natural environment. Excellent sharpness and nice natural colours.
Have a good weekend,

Hello Arun,
Very nice capture of a superb colored butterfly.
Very nice details, brilliant colors and perfect focus.
Outstanding clarity and focus.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-09-02 21:00]

Hello Arun!
This is a very beautiful shot, indeed! Great sharpness and excellent POV.The colors are nice too and the control of lightness.I love it! Congratulations! TFS
Nice w-end!

PS: thanks for visiting my gallery! I appreciated it!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-09-03 6:59]

Hello Arun,
fantastic photo with perfect sharpness, details and light. Great colours, DOF, POV and composition.
Best regards Siggi

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-09-03 18:20]

Hello Arun,
really a lively view as it is seen in the good color contrast. i like the green natural surroundings. You have controlled the variable lighting very well.


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