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Common Sailer

Common Sailer
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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: 2007-08-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, AF Nikkor 28-105 Macro
Exposure: f/11, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of India [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-22 10:10
Viewed: 2773
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Common Sailer Neptis hylas is a species of nymphalid butterfly found in South Asia and Southeast Asia. It has a characteristic stiff gliding flight achieved by short and shallow wingbeats just above the horizontal.

Dry-season form - Upperside black, with pure white markings. Fore wing discoidal streak clavate, apically truncate, subapically either notched or sometimes indistinctly divided; triangular spot beyond broad, well-defined, acute at apex, but not elongate ; discal series of spots separate, not connate, each about twice as long as broad; postdiscal transverse series of small spots incomplete, but some are always present. Hind wing: subbasal band of even or nearly oven width ; discal and subterminal pale lines obscure; postdiscal series of spots well separated, quadrate or subquadrate, very seldom narrow. Underside from pale golden ochraceous to dark ochraceous almost chocolate ; white markings as on the upperside, but broader and defined in black. Fore wing: interspaces 1 a and 1 from base to near the apex shaded with black, some narrow transverse white markings on either side of the transverse postdiscal series of small spots. Hind wing a streak of white on costal margin at base, a more slender white streak below it; the discal and subterminal pale lines of the upperside replaced by narrow white lines with still narrower margins of black. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen black; the palpi, thorax and abdomen beneath dusky white.

Wet-season form - Differs only in the narrowness of the white markings and in the slightly darker ground-colour and broader black margins to the spots and bands on the underside.

This species has been observed to make sounds whose function has not been established.

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Nymphalidae

Subfamily: Limenitidinae

Genus: Neptis

Species: N. hylas

I shot this at Omkar hills,Bangalore.

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Arjun, I am glad that you could capture the Sailor basking under sun light. Good picture.
- Murali Santhanam

Hello Arjun beautifull markings and sharpness good pov and composition, nice writeup and info provided well done tfs rgds Necip.

Hi Arjun,
The composition is good and the colors and the exposure is also good. Work to get more details in your image

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-22 12:00]

Hello Arjun,
Fine capture of a Common Sailor with good sharpness, colour, exposure and fine composition with a natural green BG.
Well done and TFS!

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