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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): jmp *2, Passion Unlimited [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-23 5:41
Viewed: 3292
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Baron (Euthalia aconthea) 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.

Wingspan 50-80 mm. A medium to large brown butterfly. The sexes are dissimilar. The upperside of the male is dark velvety brown with darker bands and spots. The upperside of the female is a paler brown. Both sexes have a beautiful olivaceous sheen on the upperside, particularly in the freshly emerged specimens; their under sides are pale gray. The male is much smaller than the female.

The female is far more abundant than the male. Both sexes are somewhat shy and must be approached cautiously to observe closely. It has a typical nymphalid flight - a few powerful wing beats followed by a spell of gliding with its wings held horizontal. At the end of the power stroke, as in others in its group, the wings stop abruptly when they reach the horizontal plane. Although this butterfly is seen at ground level on fallen fruit or other fermenting material, it spends time in the high up in the trees to feed on oozing tree sap or ripe fruit still attached to the tree.

It feeds avidly on its food sources. And sometimes, it sucks up the juices from one end and expunges the excess water from its heavily distended abdomen from the other end, all at the same time. When disturbed, it flies away quickly to settle at some height on a tree, usually at the edge of a leaf facing the sunny side. At other times, when it feels less threatened, it simply flies away a short distance staying just a few inches above ground. However, it often comes back to its food source a few minutes later. It may be seen around the same location day after day.

It is found throughout peninsular India, except in the desert tracts, and the higher ranges of the Himalayas; Assam; Burma; Tenasserim, extending to the peninsula, and Sumatra.

Its pupa is green and quadrangular and found especially on mango where it is sometimes treated as a minor pest.

Scientific classification :-
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Limenitidinae
Genus: Euthalia
Species: E. aconthea

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-23 5:43]

Hi Sumon,
an excellent shot of these butterflies.
Very sharp and detailed.
Well done,

Hi sumon,
An excellent shot with perfect focusing.
nice composition and great pov.
well done

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-07-23 5:54]

Hi Sumon,
i love the overall colour theme here, the BG really matches the main subjects very well. Great composition that also allows us to see underneath the wings, and pin sharp focus. High standard as always.

Hi Sumon Da,
A beautiful composition and rare to see situation. Very good timing, POV and details. Love the fill frame effect. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Nice sharp well focused image. Great capture. Well done. Reid

Somehow the timing and magical backgrounds seem to "just appear" to you obviously when getting a picture. You are one with nature Sumon. Truly!


Hello Sumon
Very intersting mating shot of these Barons,
Perfect details,composition and lighting,
Superb shot ,Welldone.

Good Luck

Hi Sumon,
Perfect timing,
Beautiful compo,
Colors and details are very nice,
Good job

Hello Sumon, They are beautiful insects and look exotic to me as I have never one in real :) Details, POV, composition and pose from your little models are very good. This is well done with interesting notes. Thanks,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-23 7:28]

Hi Sumon,

Not only an exceptionally beautiful butterfly but two caught in the act! The colors are superb. The details are magnificent. I love the open wing with the stunning pattern. Another beautiful picture.


Hello Sumon!
An excellent, wonderful photo. TFS.

Hi Sumon,
Very nice shot. Never see a mating butterflies at this pov. Crisp clear and well seen image. Very well done.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-23 8:21]

Hi Sumon,
The patterns on the wings are very interesting and beautiful. Good focus, sharpness, POV , composition and lighting. TFS

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-23 8:29]

Hi Sumon,
Such a good pose! Every details is wonderful here: light, pov, sharpness,...
TFS, José M.

Hello Sumon,
Another excellent photo of butterfly from you in perfect sharpness, vivid colour and great details in it!
thanks for sharing
best regards

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-07-23 10:42]

Hello Simon,
Very nice capture, Lovely butterflies..Interesting pose
Great POV and composition, very sharp image and well focused
..Well Done..


bonjour sumon
ces deux amoureux sont tres jolis et gentil de nous montrer leurs formes ailes ouvertes et fermées.

Hi Sumon, splendid couple of butterflies in love, excellent sharpness and wonderful details, great composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

You've captured the beautiful detailed color of these bfs awsomely Sumon.
Sweet composition also.

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-07-23 18:36]

Hola Mana, majistral presentación, nitides y color excelente, buenos detalles y encuadre.Sira

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-07-23 18:43]

Hello Sumon,

WOW! Another splendid picture from you, my friend! They really don't seem bothered by your presence, busy like that ;-)

The pattern on the wings of the female are wonderful and you managed to have a great POV in order to let us see it!

Excellent composition also!

Great work and TFS!


PS. Very interesting note also!!!

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-23 19:59]

Great shot. Supurb sharpness and exposure. Outstanding color. I am very impressed with the DOF and the fact that both butterflies are in such good focus.

Hi Sumon,
A great shot, very clear and sharp and a wonderful sense of detail. A good and well composed photo,

selam sumon , wow an excellent shot and very good composition of this lovely b.flies nice pov and bg with splendid colours. Well done ! Regards ridvan

Great Sumon,
I like the composition/vertical framing, nice. Very good detail, color, and exposure also.
Excellent notes on this species,
Very well done.

Great shot - good focus - the edges are so well defined. Great shot!

Original POV and a great detail on it! Beautiful Butterflies! Kudos, Sumon! Cheers, Klaus

Hello Sumon perfect focus details are lovely beauty tfs rgds Necip.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-24 14:27]

Hi Sumon.A very good shot of the Pair of butterflys. great colour and detail. tthey have some very nice markings which you have captured so well. with a nice POV. very well done TFS,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-24 20:10]

Hello sumon

A beautiful image of these two butterflies.The focus is spot on with sharp details and excellent textures.The colours are well saturated.I think it is great that you have one with wings open and the other showing the underside at the same time as the sexual dimorphism of the species and the mating routine.Wow.Great natural history capture.TFS


Really fantastic exposure and detail...Great Earthtones...An outstanding capture...TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-25 6:32]

Hello Sumon,
Excellent capture of this pair, both sharply in focus and in lovely colours and sharp details. The composition is beautiful and the rock makes a fine background.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Your acumen for "seeing" unusual compositional possibilities is once again strongly evident in this marvellous shot, Sumon. One of the Barons has its wings fully open whereas the other one has them folded, thereby enabling one to enjoy the entire gamut of its special beauty.
Very sharp and clear image with perfect details and colours.
Thanks for sharing yet another superb image and warm regards.

Hello Sumon !
You have captured a great moment here ! What I like here is that one butterfly has open wings, the other has closed. The brown color and the markings on the wings are very beautiful. Details, colors, composition and POV are excellent. Very well done !

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-25 7:26]

Hello Sumon,
I missed this noble love-making scene!
Excellent capture of two pairing Baron butterflies with good sharpness, fine POV and great neutral (tree trunk or concrete) BG. Despite the low aperture you have fine DOF here.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-25 9:13]

Hi Sumon.
Really excellent capture of this scene.Very good POV and DOF with perfect sharpness.Amazing colors and very nice reproductions patterns on his wings.Nicely composed and well presented.Great work!
TFS,with greeting Milos.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-25 13:34]

Hola amigo,
precioso trabajo y bello pov,
sensacional macro,

Hello Sumon,
A different point of view shows another side of the situation!
Excellent details, colours qnd patterns are both first class...
A well composed and attractive presentation!
Pablo -

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-07-26 0:55]

Hello Sumon,
Lovely close up.Love the sharp details you show here.POV,exposure and framing are also wonderful.

Hello Sumon,

Beautiful capture of these 2 mating butterfly's, very sharp detail, excellent info


Maravillosa... Tonos marrones increíbles y gran belleza del insecto que parece esté borsada. Una buena presentación como siempre. Saludos Sumon.

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