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Copyright: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies with minimum 50 points & above [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-09 9:38
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Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The butterfly posted here is Plain Tiger.

Wingspan 60-80 mm. The sexes are similar. The male can be identified by the scent patch on the second vein of the hind wing. On the upper side, it appears as a large black patch towards the center of the wing, and on the underside, as a white centered black patch.

There are three different forms of the Plain Tiger, of which the commonest is shown here. The other two forms are rare. Form dorippus lacks the white apical spots on the forewing. In form alcippoides, the upper side of the hind wing is suffused with a large white area.

Similar species
Female Danaid Eggfly - The wing margins are serrated and the upper side of the hind wing carries a single black spot. A remarkably good mimic of the Plain Tiger and has forms that correspond to form Dorippus and Alcippoides, which are just as rare.

Status, distribution and habitat
A common butterfly of the arid, dry and intermediate zones, less commonly encountered in the wet zone. Its habitats include fallow land, coastal dunes, scrub jungle, neglected coconut lands and farmsteads. In fact, anywhere in which its principal larval food plant, Calotropis gigantea, grows. It is seen all year round but never in large numbers.

It has a characteristic slow meandering flight and moves forward with a few wing beats followed by a spell of gliding. Although it flies at all heights, it is commonly encountered within a few feet above ground. Unlike the other Danaids in the island which fly in dappled shade, the Plain Tiger is an insect of the blazing sun and prefers to stay around large open fields, even during the hottest time of the day when others have retired to the shady thickets. It visits flowers regularly for nectar. The male is not particularly fond of visiting mud puddles or wet soil. As evening approaches, it often congregates with other Danaids to roost under the canopy of large trees.

This is an unpalatable poisonous species, avoided both by birds and lizards. The chemical substances that deter the predators are mostly assimilated by the larva and then passed on to the adult through the pupa

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bonjour pankaj
la tęte passe un peu inapercue a coté de ses ailes tres colorées.
la netteté est bonne et le POV bien choisit.
un peu trop de profondeur a mon humble avis.

Hi Pankaj,
Beautiful capture of plain tiger. POV is good. First of all it is Beautiful.

Hi Pankaj, I like this splendid butterfly, great composition with beautiful flower, wonderful colors, have a great week end, ciao Silvio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-09 11:29]

Hi Pankaj,

A beautiful butterfly and a beautiful picture. The deep colors are wonderful. Details on the butterfly are excellent. Lovely setting with the pretty flowers.


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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-06-09 11:49]

Hello Pankaj,
Wonderful capture,great colors and POV.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-06-09 12:01]

Hello Pankaj,

The dark drawings on the wings of the butterfly gives a very nice contrast and make this picture very attractive.


Hello Pankaj
What a great shot of this Plain Tiger,
Perfect sharpness ,BG and lighting,
Fantastic colors,Superb shot.


An adorable capture with lovely point of view, sharp focus and bright colours, Pankaj.
Can't stop myself admiring this most attractive creature native to our country.
Well done and TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-09 14:22]

Hello Pankaj,
This is a fabulous capture, I love the colours and the composition is excellent. Very sharp details and I like the POV.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-06-09 14:32]

Hi Pankaj,
I am very glad to see you back. Dearly missed your butterfly postings. This is a beautiful picture of the plain tiger. Good colours and fdetails. Wonderful composition.
TFS, Smitha.

Nice job with this Pankaj,
Very good color, exposure, POV, and great details.. A pleasing, colorful frame :)

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-06-09 16:51]

Hello Pankaj, this is a beautiful shot of this lovely Buttterfly. The colours are vivid and strong. Light and exposure is perfect. The Butterfly is crisp and sharp. Great POV and a wonderful composition.

Hi Pankaj,

These are always difficult with both black and white in the wing, but you have managed the exposure perfectly. Well done.


Witaj Pankaj!
How always, beauty and clean form macro. Splendid colours, sharpness and exposition.
It congratulates and I greet - Roma

Hello Pankaj,
Lovely macro work has been done, and the result is outstanding!
Image is well composed, subject is captured with great details...
Attractive colours in the fine light!
Pablo -

Hola Pankaj,
Una imagen precioso de bella composición y colorido, gran nitidez con agradable luminosidad. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-06-10 6:32]

Aah! Pankaj, Your favorite subject returns ...superb image with great clarity.The colours are stunning and brigt.Interesting POV and great comoposition.
TFS & cheers

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-10 6:48]

Pankaj, Lovely shot and yes its my favoutrite also. i saw this yday with wings open. I will post it this week. Ganesh

Hi Pankaj,
Nice shot on this beautiful Plain Tiger. Great pov and composition. Colors are vivid and well contrast. Very well done and tfs.

What I like here the most is the POV and great DOF.
Very nice photo with perfect sharpnes and beautiful colors
Best wishes

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-10 9:45]

Hola amigo,
preciosa y colorida foto,
excelentes detalles,
y compo...
pov. y iluminación agradables,
saludos Pankaj

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-10 11:59]

Nice to see your shots of a Plain Tiger again, Pankaj!
This one is great with fine sharpness, POV, DOF and composition on a Tagetes flower.
TFS ánd best wishes, Ivan

Hello Pankaj,
This is the cousin of our Monarch :) I always think that they look similar :) This is another one of your lovely butterfly shot with superb POV, exposure, composition and details :) I was out this weekend in a place were butterflies were so numerous. I took many shots with my 100-400 mm but I haven't seen the result so far as my entire disks are full and I cannot download one single picture.. I have to make a good computer clean up :) Thanks,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-11 22:50]

Hello Pankaj

A beautiful butterfly,well composed in the frame.The colours are outstanding.Excellent focus and sharp details.The POV is excellent.TFS


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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-11 23:03]

It is a beautiful butterfly and nicely presented. In my opinion it is cropped just a tiny bit too tight on left side of frame. Excellent focus on butterfly with nice details and beautiful colors.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-13 4:51]

Hi Pankaj,
POV, composition, colors and details are very nice. Flowers in the background look beautiful.TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-13 11:28]

Hi Pankaj.
What a nice scenery and amazing of quality picture. I am amazed with its colors, impressive lights and shadows, great details and perfect composition. My compliments and TFS.

  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-06-14 11:49]

Hi Pankaj,

Great picture of this butterfly.
Great color, sharpness, background and lighting.


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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-06-18 17:18]

HI Pankaj!
Wonderful shot of this buterfly,
perfect details,compo and lighting,
phantastic colors and DOF,superb shot.

Hello Pankaj,

This is so very pretty, love the bright colors, sharp focus, great shot..beautiful frame too. TFS

Thanks also for your comments on my photo " My Visitor (28) " :o)

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2007-07-17 13:38]

Hi Pankaj
Nice close-up shot. Good colours and POV.
Well done mf.


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