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Common Baron

Common Baron
Photo Information
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, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-18 0:43
Viewed: 3490
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is yet another image of a Common Baron I shot in South Goa. Since it was my first meeting with this species, I took many pictures and this one is with its wings fully open. Despite the slightly poor condition of its wings, it still looks very handsome to me. Hope you like it too.
The note below is adapted from Wikipedia:

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.


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Hi Ram,
Extremely well focused shot, resulting a very sharp image. I love the natural colors, showing true colors of the butterfly.


Hello Ram,

Very nice capture of this butterfly. I like very much the POV. Excellent DOF and focus. Beautiful composition, light and colours.

Hello Ram,
Such a fine representation of a "Baron", albeit a little weathered my friend, I especially liked the rounded proboscis below the pointed head, and of course the nice pattern detail over the huge looking wings. Happy to be acquainted -via your macro lens- with this beautiful species Ram, TFS indeed!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-18 3:07]

Hello Ram,
excellent presentation of aconthea with its differential brown nuances of the wing pattern. Super-exact focus, admirable sharpness and perfect point of view reveal an optimal result.
Regards Siggi

Hi Ram

A fine looking species, even if this ione is a bit damaged, such is the life of a butterfly. Good sharpness, POV and composition.


hello sir,
nice shot of the baron, in this season i havent seen a single specimen of this species, i liked the dof and the pov whcih is difficult to focus properly, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

Hello Ram,
A very sharp macro shot, nice BG and the details on the wings makes this a superb one. TFS

Namastay Ram,
A nice clear capture of this Baron with good focus on the head and proboscis.
It looks as though something has had a peck at this one,but hes had a narrow escape.
Great image.

Hi Ram,
Mükemmel detaylar ve çok canlı renkler.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-18 10:49]

Hello Ram,
Great photo in excellent sharpness and details. Beautiful natural colours and BG. Very good DOF and composition.

Hi Mr. Ram,
A lovely capture of this beautiful baron butterfly. A very different POV and well taken with sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Hi Ram,

An outstanding capture of this beautiful Baron butterfly. Excellent colors & detail. Well done...Ram.

Thank you for sharing!



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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-18 20:21]

Hello Ram,

Your photo has a very fine composition and good image. I like the soft colors rendered in your photo. Wing's pattern is well shown as well as the naturaly looking colors. There is a fine contrast between the colors of the insect and the background.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-09-19 4:52]

hello Ram,
Amazig view on this fine-coloured Indian butterfly, which seems to float over the yellow flower. I also think that it is very beautiful, the patterns and the colours of the wings are great art.
Very pleasant picture
best regards

Hi Ram, lovely butterfly with opern wings, wonderful deatails, great colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Witaj Ram,
Always a pleasure to look at your captures.
An excellent piece of work, congratulations.
TFS and regards

Hey Sir!
This is one of the best butterfly shots I've ever seen!
Superb work, Sir!

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