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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Alex99's favorite shots [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-27 0:56
Viewed: 3898
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common Baron

I wish to thank Nagraj, Peter (batu) and Sumon who promptly identified the butterfly in response to my request fot its ID.
Here is the revised note:

The Common Baron (Euthalia aconthea) - often called simply "baron" - is a medium-sized nymphalid butterfly native to India and Southeast Asia. It flies with stiff wing beats and often glides. The wing is not flapped very far below the horizontal.


Male: Upperside olivaceous brown. Forewing: two transverse short black lines at base, a black loop across middle, and another beyond apex of cell, with their centres dark brown, followed by an angulated discal dark brown band bordered outwardly by a series of five white spots; two preapical white spots beyond and a broad, somewhat diffuse, subterminal black band broadening over the apex and angulated inwards in interspace 1. Hind wing shaded with dark brown at base, two crescent-shaped dark brown loop-like marks in cell; a discal series of dark brown, elongate, outwardly acute, inwardly diffuse, somewhat hastate spots, followed by a subterminal series of small spots of the same colour. Underside ochraceous brown. Fore wing: five transverse slender black lines across cell; a black spot below median vein; discal and preapical white spots as on the upperside, succeeded by a postdiscal series of somewhat diffuse crescent-shaped black marks, and a broad terminal pale lilac band not reaching the apex, bordered narrowly along the termen with dark brown. Hind wing with four or five slender black loops at base, a posteriorly obsolescent postdiscal series of diffuse black marks and a subterminal series of black dots; the termen near apex touched with pale lilac. Antennas, head, thorax and abdomen dark brown, the antenna) ochraceous at apex, the body paler beneath.

Female: similar but of a paler shade. Upperside : forewing differs from that of the male in the absence of the dark discal and subterminal bands, and in the series of discal spots being elongate, much larger. Hind wing : the discal series of outwardly pointed black -markings nearly obsolescent. Underside similar to that of the male, but the groundcolour more ochraceous, the markings larger, more diffuse.

Expanse: 68-79 mm.

Race vasanta (Moore) is found in Sri Lanka. It closely resembles the typical form, but in the male the white spots on the fore wing arc entirely absent, above and below ; the discal hand on both fore and hind wing on the upperside is more irregular and not nearly so well-defined ; on the fore wing the interspace between it and the subterminal band and on the hind wing the posterior half suffused with dark green 5 the terminal margin of the fore and anterior half of the hind wing tinged with pink. Underside similar, but both the ground-colour and markings paler; the latter less prominent. Female. Differs prominently on both upper and under sides in the discal row of white spots being more oblique and complete, extending from the costa to near the apex of interspace 2.

Race acontius is found in the Andaman Islands.


This butterfly has a stiff flap and glide style of flying. It flies at low heights and maintains a territory.


Throughout peninsular India, except in the desert tracts, and the higher ranges of the Himalayas, Assam, Burma, Tenasserim, extending to the peninsula, and Sumatra.

Thanks for looking and regards to all.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-08-27 1:00]
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this is Baron, Euthalia aconthea meridionalis Frushstorfer, nymphalidae family. the colors are bit washed out, may be a old and battered one. good specimen of this Baron looks very beautiful.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-08-27 1:11]

Hello Ram,
a clear and sharp picture of Euthalia aconthea (as Nagraj also uggested)
with excellent contrast against the background.
The wing colour pattern appears particularly brilliant and sharp.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-08-27 1:11]

Hi Ram Sir,
This is a female COMMON BARON, Euthalia aconthea. Great shot with immaculate sharpness and subtle details on the wings. I like the setting and the surrounding too. Superb illumination and I like your POV and the composition too. Very nicely done. Thanks for sharing.

Hello Ram,

Beautiful sharp picture of this butterfly. Great clarity. I like very much the composition too. Beautiful vivid colours.

Namaskar Ram Sir.

What a shot and positioning of this baron.Look at it.What a beautiful species and your presentation has made it further beautiful.Sharp and clear.

Good sharing on TN.


Hi Ram,
Stunning full-frame portrait of this Baron. Very sharp and a finr plain BG. Thanks.

Hello Ram
Beautiful buttefly and beautiful sharp photo. I like also the thin leafs. Nice composition with main object on the right, great not disturbing background and natural colors I like it very much
Best wishes

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-08-27 5:01]

Hello Sir,
You've presented a wonderful Baron in sharp focus with a natural BG. Details, color and POV are too good.

Thanks for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-27 5:55]

Hello Ram,
This is a splendid capture of this beautiful butterfly. Great sharpness and its colours are really beautiful, what a pity about the damaged wings - they have a tough life! It stands out very nicely from the background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Quite the description Ram....and probably among your top shots in this catagory. it is certainly way beyond ID'able..It is actually quite frame able. Not too many other than you Pankaj, Sumon and one more...from the Indian Trust...who can do this...and besides..you also write well.

Hello Ram,
That's a real beauty perfectly captured. Though, it's a bit damaged.
- Nirmal

Merhaba Ram,geršekten šok gŘzel bir kare.Netlik ve detaylar herika,ellerine sağlık,selamlar :)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-08-27 10:42]

Hello Ram,
Wonderful clear colours in this photo. Excellent sharpness, DOF and POV. Good composition.
Kind regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-08-27 10:42]

Hi, dear Ram.
And my congratulation at once. Amazing butterfly and fine specimen. However, the shot is the best. It is simply outstanding in all respects. Wingspread, butterfly posture and your POV are brilliant. Reproduction of colour pattern and each features and details of the insect is stunning. BG compiled from impressive leave cannot be better too. And at last WS is so fine as original shot. My best wishes and BRAVO.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-08-27 13:23]

Hi Ram!

Unfortunatelly this isn't Red Baron :-) But it still looks great! Perfectly sharp and detailed, in very good pose. Also green BG is very suitable for composition with main subject.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-08-27 13:42]

You know what, I've seen a huge improvement in your photos since I was away! Before your photos were really impressive but now they're stunning!! If I think about it, I can't find a single fault with any of your latest photos.
This for example is quite frankly perfect: very sharp, really detailed, well focused, well composed, perfectly exposed... the list goes on!

I take my hat off to you Ram - these are pro standard!



Hi Ram!

Excellent capture of this beauty, great BG, perfect sharp details, great colours. I like the patterns on butterfy's wings-looks like painting. Well done!


Wow Sir!
Its a great candid shot of a Baron from Goa. The image is sharp and stands out well on the green BG with perfect details. TFS.

Dear Ram,

This is an absolute stunner my friend, the detail is just incredible, wonderful colours, framing and composition all perfect, straight to my favourites, really wonderful work, t.f.s

all the best Rick :)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-08-27 23:04]

Hello Ram,
Again such a beautifully fine coloured butterfly. I like the subtle sandy colour-tones of the wings. Very artistic work of Mother Nature. Well photographed, with fine sharpness and an interesting background. Great work!
Thanks and best regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-28 3:34]

Hello Sir, this is simply awesome. Brilliant shot. Is the wings is slightly damaged I believe? Excellent and I would have preferred the other angle and view. Class and sharp picture. Ganesh

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-28 3:49]

Hello Ram,
This fine open-wing capture of a Baron couldn't be sharper and the contrast with the leafy BG couldn't be greater to make it stand out. This is not only tastefully framed but the butterfly is itself framed so well by the vegetation.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,
Best regards, Ivan

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-28 4:26]

Hi Ram,to me is impossible to found words to comment a beauty like that,the pic is at the top of perfection,just my best compliments and thanks to show us this beauty,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Ram,
This butterfly has many flying hours but your photo is great,very nice composition and BG
Kind regards

Hola Ram, EXCELENTE macro, muy buena definiciˇn y detalle, excelente exposiciˇn y tonos de color naturales y muy atractivos.
El fondo es de fantasia, muy bonito, me gusta mucho. Un saludo

Hello Sir, Very nice image and good lighting. Excellent sharpness. Vignesh

Hi Mr. Ram,
I have forgot to mention that one of this species stayed in our house for two days when there was heavy rain here. It is very friendly in bad weather but it is very fast in sunny weather. Very well capture top POV with sharp details and a very good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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