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Common Baron 4

Common Baron 4
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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
Date Submitted: 2009-01-30 22:09
Viewed: 3819
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
During my visit to Goa last August, I did find a few moments to chase wild life (mostly in the garden of the resort we were staying in) besides trying to visit every beach there in three days, which we all Indians do :).
I saw and shot a Common Baron for the first time there. I have already posted three pictures of it and this one is the 4th. Though the specimen is a bit aged like me, hope you would like it too :).

The Common Baron (Euthalia aconthea) is a medium-sized nymphalid butterfly seen in India and Southeast Asia.

How It Looks

Following jargon is reproduced verbatim from Wikipedia. Read it at your own risk :):

'The male is brown with slight traces of olive. The forewing has two transverse short black lines at the base, a black loop across the 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 on the underside shows 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. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen dark brown, the antennae ochraceous at the tip, the body paler beneath.

The female is 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. The hind wing has the discal series of outwardly pointed black-markings only as traces. Underside similar to that of the male, but the groundcolour more ochraceous, the markings larger, more diffuse.

Race vasanta, Moore is found in Sri Lanka. It resembles the nominate race, but in the male the white spots on the fore wing are 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.'

Argus, siggi, septimiu_nemes, haraprasan, albert, Alex99, flashpoint, NinaM, uleko, red45, eng55, matatur, Noisette, paromitadey, valy67, anel has marked this note useful
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-30 23:14]

Hello ram,
A superb, almost totally sharp, open-wing capture of the Common Baron. I like the way you portray this otherwise rather dull-coloured butterfly against the bright green foliage BG and the compositionis excellent.
Thanks for sharing this fine image,
All the best,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-31 0:12]

Hello Ram,
excellent presentation of Common Baron with its differential brown nuances of the wing pattern. Super focus, Very good sharpness and perfect point of view reveal an optimal result.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Mr. Ram,
A nice capture of this beautiful common Barron. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-01-31 2:40]

This is a superb and perfect capture.
Very well done.

Hello Ram
Excellent composition with great focus on the baron
I like the colours' contrast

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-31 4:18]

Hi Ram.
I am amazed with beauty of the butterfly, impressive wingspread, attractive wing color pattern and fine POV. I also like great diagonal composition of the picture and cropping. Surroundings of the butterfly are so amazing as your main photo model. Pattern, created by leaves are fine too. DOF is selected perfectly. Level of details and blurriness is optimal for my taste. Well done and my best regards.

HI Ram,
excellent shot of this brown butterfly, I remember that I saw such a one in a butterfly-house but never in free nature.
So you are lucky to see this beauty in your country, thanks for the good work
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Ram,
Very beautiful macro with Common Baron! Very nice composition, colours and sharpness!

Best regards, Leonid

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-31 7:39]

Hello Ram,
The clarity in this photo is fascinating. Splendid contrasting colours. Superb sharpness and details. Wonderful composition and POV.

hello Ram!
this brown butterfly is really elegant
the pov from above shows perfectly
the beauty of this species in the excellent way....compliments sERGIO

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-01-31 8:25]

This is a breathtaking picture, Ram, I love the velvet brown wings of this butterfly! Against the green leaves as a background, it comes out like a king of butterflies. A great composition with the insect's head upside down, so we can appreciate the beautiful shape of the wings. Thanks to you Ram!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-31 8:39]

Hello Ram,
A wonderful close view of this butterfly with beautiful light on the wings. Excellent sharpness and lovely colours too and it looks lovely against the green background. Very beautiful!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-31 11:01]

Hello Ram!

Another very interesting butterfly from incredible India :-) Not very colorfull, but looks great with stylish patterns on wings. Good composition with green BG. I like it.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-31 11:08]

Hi Ram,
Excellent capture.POV,clear details,lighting and composition are wonderful.Very well done!
Thanks for posting..

hello Ram
great picture
nice colours and sharpness are very good
greeting lou

A weathered specimen indeed Ram, but still forcefully displaying its beauty in unique patterns and colours against a wonderfully green backdrop. An expertly capture, as usual my friend.

hello Ram
Great pose of this butterfly with the wings wide open, showings us his beautiful markings
crisp clear sharpness and the colors are fantastic
Have a good WE

Hi Ram,

Very nice photograph with a very detailed note.

Thanks for sharing.


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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-02-01 13:38]

Hello Ram !
He may be called COMMON Baron, he is very unusual to my European eyes, where he doesn't live ! :-) I love his markings, specially those black circlets, it's beautiful. Sharpness and details are excellent, as well as the composition, the POV and the pose of the butterfly, with the broken wings widely open so we can fully admire its beauty. Very well done !

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-02-02 2:03]

hello Ram,
Lovely picture of this Common Baron. You caught it in a very nice pose and its green environment is just beautifully fitting to the color of its wings. Focus right on the butterfly and beautiful structured vegetation, making this shot special.
Thanks a lot and a nice week

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