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Lemon Pansy

Lemon Pansy
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Copyright: Arjun Haarith (Arjun) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, AF Nikkor 28-105 Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-28 10:57
Viewed: 2690
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi everyone,
This is a picture of Lemon Pansy butterfly.I shot this picture in Omkar hills situated in Bangalore.
This butterfly is also called Lime Pansy butterfly.

It is brown with numerous eye-spots as well as black and lemon-yellow spots and lines on the upperside of the wings. The underside is a dull brown, with a number of wavy lines and spots in varying shades of brown and black. There is also an eyespot on the lower side of the forewing. The wet and dry season forms differ considerably in coloration and even shape. In the wet season form the markings are distinct and vivid and the wing shape is a little more rounded.

In the dry season form the markings are obscure and pale especially on the underside and the wing margin is more angular and jagged. This helps it camouflage in the dried leaf-litter.

The Lemon pansy is a very active butterfly and can be seen basking with its wings open facing the sun. It sits very low to the ground and can be approached easily. It feeds with its wings half open. It is a fairly strong flier and flies close to the ground with rapid wingbeats and often returns to settle back in the same spots.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-28 11:47]

Hi Arjun.
Beautiful very detailed capture of this very nice lemon pansy.Excellent sharp details except left wing(some movement maybe).Your POV well captured of patterns on his wings.Colors and light are wonderful.And nice blurry BG too.Fine compositions,but in upper parts little tight,IMHO.Well done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

bonjour arjun
un petit peu de flou sur l'aile gaiche mais dans l'ensemble c'est une tres belle presentation de ce papillon.

This Bangalore area has been having some bad press these days. It is nice to know life in nature goes on so well there. A very pretty picture of your friend butterfly. You have touched his spirit.


A lovely butterfly, Arjun. I have never seen this type before. Very well captured. Thanks for sharing.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-07-28 23:56]

Hello Arjun,

Excellent detailed picture nice captured and very nice quality, sharpness and clarity are superb, certaily the wings.

Best regards,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-29 1:38]

Arjun, Very nice shot and excellent details. Lovely note. Just to my understanding why the right side of the wings is better than the left side? Is it due to lighting? Ganesh

Hi Arjun,
A nice capture good POV. I would prefer some more space in to and less in bottom. Focus is good but slightly soft in the wing tip downward. Was there low light? Anyway a very good capture. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • juanit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 5 N: 270] (1522)
  • [2007-07-29 12:23]

Hi Arjun
Another excellent capture.Nice detail and colours,good POV.Nice sharpness.

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-07-29 13:48]

Well done Arjun! Very good details on this beauty! Very crisp! TFS and Cheers, Klaus

Hello Arjun,
very clear, well detailed portrait of the Lemon Pansy.
I like the subtle, well saturated natural colours, and the powerful close approach.
With thanks, and best regards,

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