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My First Upload-Monkey Puzzle

My First Upload-Monkey Puzzle
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Copyright: Nihal Usman (nihalusman) (55)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-28
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-27 20:32
Viewed: 4599
Points: 24
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Dear TN elders and friends

Although I have tried taking quite a few pictures earlier, this is my first best picture that i feel can share with you all. My aunt did help with the camera settings and posting but I am proud to say this is mine.This is the first photo i got right without a blur or shake after several tries.

I hope you like this Monkey Puzzle
(Rathinda amor ( Fabricius ) LYCAENIDAE ), which is my first post.I found some information on the butterfly in Wikipedia after my aunt identified it for me.

This butterfly is common and present in all the Western Ghat districts of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Goa.On upperside the butterfly is dark brown.On underside it is white to dark yellowish brown.The hindwing has a silvery margin with many irregular black lines and spots within.

It is found in jungle areas of moderate to heavy rainfall. The butterfly has a weak flight, it stays low and does not fly for long without alighting. Its method of alighting is interesting - as soon as it lands, it turns around and waggles its tail filaments, it also sidesteps for a while - to confuse a predator as to which side is its head. This could be the reason why it is also called "Monkey Puzzle."

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Hello Nihal,
Welcome to Trek Nature - this is an excellent first post. Very sharp capture, particularly the antennae. Very nice note explains the name very well and your POV shows it well.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-06-27 22:10]

Hello Nihal,
First of all, a warm welcome to TN. : )
We are always happy to see young talent here.
That is an excellent picture of that beautiful butterfly.
The details are very sharp.
It is not easy to hold the camera steady enough to do that.
The colors are vivid.
The point of view from which you took the shot is well chosen.
You got to show the gorgeous patterns on the underwing.
The composition is very nice, with the butterfly perched on one side.
You also did a good job with the notes.
One of the best thing about TN is learning about all sorts of animals from all over the world, by reading other people's notes and researching for your own.
I will be looking out for more pictures from you in the near future.
Thank you for sharing.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-06-27 22:11]

Hello Nihal,
Welcome to TN!
You make a fantastic start, not only with a great capture of Rathinda amor, but of a species of Lycaenid butterfly not shown on TN before! Congratulations!
The POV, sharpness and colours are excellent and the composition ideal.
Well done and thanks for sharing this delight with us and I look forward to many more postings from you.

Excellent photo!! ,Nihal and Welcome to TN. You have captured all the beauty of this butterfly ,very well. Nice colours and good composition. Keep posting more .

Have a NiceDay :)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-06-28 4:52]

Hello Nihal,
Welcome on TN and a great bravo for this first shot. A wonderful butterfly picture, well composed and with excellent sharpness. And a butterfly I never have seen on TN. Most interesting posting!
Thanks and I hope to see more from you

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-06-28 6:44]

Beautiful butterfly, very brilliant colors and design. tfs.

Hello Nihal,
Welcome to TN and thank you for making your first upload such a good image of a splendid Lycaenid butterfly. I look forward to seeing many more from you.

Hello Nihal,
Welcome to TN; excellent first picture, splendid Lycaenid taken from a very good POV with superb sharpness and marvellous colours, very nice composition, Bravo.
Ciao Maurizio

Hello Nihal, this is a great macro, perfect colours and definition.

Best regards and keep shooting.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-09-05 19:24]

A super shot Nihal, Welcome to TN.
Love the fine detail and beautiful colors you managed to capture. The focus is as sharp as a tac and the exposure is right on the money.
I may be wrong, but it looks like there could possibly be two eggs attached to the stem of the plant. TFS.

Ciao Nihal, nice see a young boy as you on TN, splendid butterfly on a beautiful flower, fantastic colors, wonderful details and great sharpness, very well done my young friend, ciao Silvio

Amazing butterfly Nihal! Excellent photo with fantastic colours and very good sharpness!

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