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Catopsilia Pyranthe

Catopsilia Pyranthe
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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: 2007-08-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Ni
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Butterflies ( From Chattisgarh), Butterflies of India [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-11 3:27
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Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Butterfly post no: 98

Mottled Emigrant (Catopsilia Pyranthe)
Wingspan is 50-70mm. The male is smaller than the female and is more variable in size. Both sexes have a black spot at the distal end of the forewing cell though this spot is sometimes absent in the male.

In both sexes, the ground color of the underside of the wings is greenish. Except for a small area on the lower half of the forewing, which is unmarked, the remaining areas are marked with very fine reddish-brown lines.

It occurs all over from sea level to about 2000 feet elevation. It is often seen at much higher elevations during migrations. It is very seasonal and appears in large numbers during the pre-monsoons periods.
its flight is quite slow, straight and less bouncy. It is not a species of the high canopy and is most frequently seen flying just above weedy vegetation or low bushes, stopping now and again to nectar on the flowers of small shrubs and herbs. During the hot weather, the males mud-sip, often in the company of other white butterflies

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This species is on the wings these days here in Noida too, Pankaj. Rather difficult to capture because of its shifty habits.
You have done a good job of capturing one in Raipur. Looks like they are more cooperative there :-)!
It is a sharp and crisp shot with the veins on the wings clearly marked out.
Thanks for sharing it and regards.

Fantastic detail - wonderful sharpness. Another great photo.

Hi Pankaj,
beautiful green tones throughout this image, with excellent clarity and perfect focus...very well done.

Hello Pankaj,
I wonder how you managed to capture this beauty.Whenever I see it , it's always flying and seldom sits still for me to get a good shot.Your picture is very good with focus and sharpness spot on.Good POV showing off the patterns on the wing.

Highly detailed image! Very good job! Cheers! Klaus

Hi Pankaj.

Amazing is this capture.
You were blessed for that moment of capture !!!

Fine details and the colour blending is perfect.


jean paul

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-11 8:04]

Hi Pankaj,

A very appealing photo of this butterfly on the leaf. The greens are very pretty and have just enough contrast while blending well. The background is perfect for showing them off.


Extra for this one. Wonderful subdued tones and lighting. Very professional work.


Hi Pankaj,
Excellent exposure and focus that brings the very cooling feeling to enjoy the butterfly in a soft-tonned colour!
very well composed and well seen

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-11 9:50]

Hello pankaj,
Fine capture of a Mottled Migrant: you hhave captured all that it has to show sharply and with good lighting and colour. (It is one of those species that never rests with its wings open).
Fine composition with a natural BBG.

Belle photo de ce papillon vert, plus malin que les colorés car lui, ton sur ton, il échappera a ces prélateurs. Belle vue des nervures,bon détails de la tete et des pattes. Amitiés Thomas

Hi Pankaj,
2 to go. A nice capture of this beautiful green emigrant. Nice POV and fine details with a great composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-12 1:23]

Hi Pankaj,
an awesome shot.
Brilliant DOF and BG.
Well done,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-12 2:20]

Hello Pankaj,
Beautiful composition showing sharp details and fine colours of the Mottled Emigrant in a very nice pose. Very fine soft background too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-12 5:42]
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Pankaj, Excellent and wonderful pose. I just love the way the butterfly is in the leaf. I did shoot a lot today. Will post later. But will it be as per your quality??/ Question Ganesh

As usual, this is a great butterfly picture. I like this natural exposure and tones of colors. Details, POV and composition are so nice. Congrats on this beautiful post!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-13 0:48]

Hi Pankaj,
It's a very nice capture of this butterfly with good focus, sharpness, colors, POV and composition. TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Pankaj,

This is a great close up! I like the composition showing the butterfly from profile. Shooting perpendicularly on the wings maximizes the chances of keeping the whole subject in the area of sharp focus. The details in the face of the subject are also great. The green hues in the wings were captured very good. The patterns from the upper side of the wings are clearly visible through the scales from the underwing. Excellent DOF to show the left side legs defocused. This adds perspective to your shot! Great job! Thanks for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-13 20:47]

Hello Pankaj

A beautiful butterfly for number 98.The composition is well done,with excellent focus and sharpness.The butterfly is in perfect focus revealing wonderful textures and colours.Excellent POV and DOF.Nicely framed and presented.TFS


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