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In a Pansy Moment...Chocolate Soldier

In a Pansy Moment...Chocolate Soldier
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Copyright: Iris Hues (iris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX100 IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-25 4:21
Viewed: 3769
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
For those celebrating the festival of the season…. HAPPY DIWALI…
Presenting the Chocolate Pansy or Chocolate Soldier (Junonia iphita) - a butterfly of Asia.

It is about 5-6 cm 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.

Genus: Junonia
Species:J. iphita
Binomial name:Junonia iphita
(Cramer, 1779)
Synonyms:Precis iphita

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-25 4:42]

Hello Iris,
Superb presentation of this butterfly. Good POV, DOF and sharpness. Very nice light and colours.
Regards Siggi

hello iris,
wish you and your family a very happy deepawali, this is a fine capture to celebrate the festive season, you have managed the dof very well in this shot which is quite difficult in this poc, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-10-25 7:14]

Hi Silpa,
very nice composition and a perfect DOF too. The bright light makes this a very eye catching shot, well done!

Merhaba Silpa,
What a beautiful Pansy from a good POV in perfect exposure and focus my friend, its diagonal aspect is fine for tired eyes and that chocolate-on-chocolate colour thema proves that sometimes objects on similarly colored BG's also make wonderful compositions!
TFS and cheers,

Hello Iris!
Great composition and fantastic, warm colours! I like the way you presented this cute butterfly - the place where it is looking at - has a lot of free space :)
Very good sharpness and DOF too.
All the best from Poland!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-25 7:59]

Hello Silpa,
The diagonal composition, DOF and colours are really perfect in this photo. You were going for the best POV. The colours are splendid and the sharpness very good.

hello Silpa

very beautiful image of this butterfly, i love the angle
from where the butterfly was shot, the fine POV
brings also very fine DOF, and the framing too is fine,
excellent contrast between the 2 main colours of the image,
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Hi Iris,

Excellent capture of this "Chocolate Pansy"
Lovely compo, POV and colors
Superb sharpness
almost Perfect DOF

TFS Thijs

hello Iris,
the laying of wings for the butterfly from the color of cocoa,with good
detail and color
I wish you a good festival of lights
Happy Diwali sERGIO

Hi Iris
I like delicate, pastel colors here. Aslo perfect composition with butterfly in a right down corner. Good OOF background and good sharpness

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-25 14:26]

Hi Silpa,

This shot of the Chocolate Pansy is spectacular! The angle and wing positions are just magnificent. The most beautiful browns and the finest details. The green leaf adds just the amount of color it needs and the natural background is lovely. A beautiful picture and composition.


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-10-25 14:54]

Bonjour Silpa! I am happy to visit your gallery once more and discover this beautiful chocolate (miam miam, I love chocolate) butterfly. The light is the attractive feature in your picture, it is so bright yet beautifully saturated, the wings almost look translucent. Plus, the dof is perfect with this blurred background and a very sharp butterfly. Very pretty, Silpa,


Hallo Iris
This is such a magnificent and colourful insect. I just love the assortment of colours and patterns on the wings and especially the white lining along the edges are very eye-catching. The hairy body is very fascinating, as well as the shape and size of the wings. Sharpness, focus, light and composition is prominent. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed looking at this one.
Kind regards
ps. Look out in the next day or so for my 1st Kruger vacation posting.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-25 23:42]

Hi Silpa

Lovely pose with great detail and colour. Well seen and captured.


Ciao Silpa,
meravigliosa macro per questa bellissima farfalla, la prospettiva diagonale e POV dall'alto danno all'immagine un buon effetto dinamico, la definizione dei dettagli è ottima, splendida luminosità,magnifica brillantezza dei colori e ottimo OOF BG.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-26 3:13]

Hi Iris,it's a fanatstic work!!Not easy to have a perfect details along the butterfly from this point of view,a very impressive work and a top quality pic,my best compliments,surely one of your best shots,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

Another fabulous shot. SO clean and clear. Love the angle and composition, as if the butterfly is on its launch pad, ready to take off.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-27 3:22]

Hello Silpa, Very well presented and with good POV and lovely sharpness. Happy Diwali to you and your family.Ganesh

Ciao Iris, great POV for this splendid Juniona with beautiful colors, fantastic details and great sharpness, perfect focus, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2008-10-31 11:01]

Hi Iris,
An interesting perspective.....it almost looks as if it was about to take off into the air.An interesting butterfly, don't think I've seen something similar over my way. Bright vivid colours and lots of detail.
Regards, David

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-03 9:20]

Hi Iris,
Magnificent close up.POV,details,colors,sharpness and composition are excellent.
Thanks for posting.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-11 8:46]

Hi Iris'hues.
Superb in all respect close-up of a wonderful butterfly. A bit back POV, wingspread of the butterfly, diagonal composition of the picture are great as well as the sharpness and details of the insect and colourfulness of the well blurred BG. My compliments and best regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-02 4:52]

Hello Iris,
Thanks a lot for your kind wishes. I would like to send you too my best thoughts for a happy and healthy 2009. I have chosen this picture, because I discovered the Pansy-butterflies on TN and I think they are of very subtle beauty and have very fine coloration and patterns. Well photographed this specimen, even if not in an easy pose.
Best regards

Great both, notes & image.
Nothing like lving in the tropics.... for all sorts of reasons.
Mario from COLD COLD, THUNDA Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Hello Silpa,
Sorry for my delay to view this awesome image of yours with that stunning sharpness and lighting! I compliment for this quality presentation that sharing in this beautiful site!
you take good care and sincere regards

Hi My dear friend Silpa,
Firstl, thanks a lot for your kind words on my shots. This macro is also great. A lovely title too. Your POV is very beautiful and details are superb.
Have a nice new week MF!


Hi Dear Silpa,
Again a very nice macro shot from you. I like very much the design of the butterfly's wings and also colors. Sharpness is very good. I like it. Best wishes...

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-03-04 13:21]

Hello Silpa !
This is such a wonderful picture ! I really love the warm colors on the butterfly, and this soft, pinkish color of the blurred BG. Very pleasant to the eye. The pose of the butterfly with the wings half open and your POV from behind, as well as the composition, make this picture truly gorgeous. I really like it. Very well done !

Hello Silpa
I like the beautiful pose of this Chocolate Pansy
excellent sharpness on the whole butterfly and superb colors
nice composition
Have a good night

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