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Tirumala limniace

Tirumala limniace
Photo Information
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: 2007-07-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Ni
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Butterflies ( From Chattisgarh), Butterflies with minimum 50 points & above, Butterflies By pankaj Bajpai, Butterflies on Lantana Flowers, Beautiful Butterflies Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-15 0:55
Viewed: 5610
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Blue Tiger (Tirumala limniace) is a butterfly found in India that belongs to the Crows and Tigers, that is, the Danaid group of the Brush-footed butterflies family. This butterfly shows gregarious migratory behaviour in southern India.


A large butterfly with a wingspan of 75-95 mm. Sexes are similar. At rest, the male can be distinguished from the female by the bell-shaped elevated scent patche located between the first and second veins of the hind wing. The upper side of both wings is black with pale blue markings. These markings are broad streaks at the base of the wings but become smaller and more circular towards the outer margins. The ground color of the under side is a beautiful olivaceous brown. The markings below are similar to those on the upper side.

Similar species

Dark Blue Tiger, Glassy Blue Tiger, Glassy Tiger, Female Dark Wanderer and Common Mime.

Status, distribution and habitat

A very common butterfly of the lower elevations. It is found throughout the year but is most plentiful during the south-west and north-east monsoons. It favors open spaces with scrub jungle or secondary growth and frequents fences that are overgrown with vegetation, especially when this includes its larval host plants.


It flies at all heights, but seldom above ten to fifteen feet above ground. It has a characteristic slow meandering flight and moves forward with a few wing beats followed by a spell of gliding. The wings are held in a 'V' shaped angle during the glide. It is attracted to a wide variety of wild flowers but avoids most ornamentals. The males visit wet soil and muddy patches, though infrequently. In the evenings, they roost in large numbers inside the canopy of trees by hanging onto dead twigs or small bare branches.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-15 0:56]

Pankaj Bhai very nice shot and such a lovely explanation. The composition is excellent and the pOV. well done TFs Ganesh

Hi Pankaj.
Very lovely. Amazing colours and clarity. Great composition. Very well done.
Regards, Steve.

Hi Pankaj,
A lovely butterfly. I have also captured this but shall post it later. Excellent POV, colors and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-15 1:37]

Hi Pankaj.
Great composition and your used side POV pretty shows patterns on his wings with sharp details.I like also capture textures on leafs.Beautiful saturation of colors and pleasing combination of colors too.Very well done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-15 1:40]

Hi Pankaj

Excellent shot with great colour and light combined with a great POV.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-15 2:05]

Hello Pankaj,
I love this butterfly and the Lantana flowers - I can almost smell them! Very fine sharp details and good colours. An excellent composition!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi pankaj,
excellent pov with great details,very well done

Hi Pankaj, splendid colorful macro with wonderful butterfly, great composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Pankaj,
Beautiful Blue Tiger on Lantana. Great pov and colors are vivid. Blurred background that isolate your butterfly nicely. TFS,

Nice shot.Though the green leaves on the foreground depress the composition but that colour is also expresive.

Hi Pankaj,
I do so much love your butterfly photos! Beautiful color saturation and sharpness. Great POV ...just beautiful . TFS

Hi Pankaj.
Another beautiful image of your butterflies.
Great DOF, colour and detail. A wonderful bit of light coming in there to highlight the flower and butterfly from the background.

New Zealand

Interesting lighting - seems to be from under the butterfly which makes a unique view. I like it. Great colors and wonderful composition! Beautiful!!!

I like the way you change back and forth with your presentations. Very precise here good friend and well notated.



Lovely image.
Well framed.
Beautiful colors.


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-07-15 7:44]

Spot on exposure!Fantastic details.Lovely colours.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-15 8:31]

Hello Pankaj,
Fine capture of a Blue Tiger, sharp and well composed on a lantana flower. Good illumination using flash and excellent blurred contrasting BG.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-15 8:39]

Great POV. This angle gives us very good look at butterfly head and shows off wings well. Good job with exposure of the blacks and whites. I like the colorful lantana as well. Great texture in the leaves.

Hello Pankaj

Excellent shot. The colours are beautifully well saturated and very useful POV. Super notes.


Hello Pankaj,
Excellent photo with strong colour, perfect sharpness and details, this is really a good one!
very well composed and well seen
thanks for sharing
greeting from NZ

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-15 11:12]

Hi Pankaj,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful Blue Tiger. Very neat and crisp details and the colours and patterns are lovely. You have captured a nice pose and I like the colour contrasts here. Perfect light management and an excellent POV. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-15 23:39]

Hi Pankaj,
Colors, composition and POV are very good. TFS
Best wishes,

Hola Pankaj,
Preciosa toma de este bello ejemplar, bonito POV con gran definición y detalles, agradable luz y fondo, TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

Hello Pankaj
Very nice shot of this Blue Tiger,
Perfect details,compo and DOF,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot.

Good Luck

Hi Pancaj,

perfect view showing us the veautiful wings and other nice details of this butterfly



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-16 19:23]

Hello Pankaj

A beautiful shot of this Blue Tiger.The pose is classic with excellent focus and details.The colour saturation is very good.It is very well illuminated.A real beauty.TFS


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