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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: 2007-10-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix L5
Exposure: f/2.9
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lycaenidae Butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-11 8:52
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Nacaduba pactolus is a species of lycaenid butterfly found in South Asia.

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A very variable form both in the shade of the ground-colour on the upperside and in the width, and more or less in the arrangement also of the transverse white lines that cross the wings.Typical Male.—Upperside : deep purplish-brown with a curious minutely granular roughened appearance; in certain lights the purple shines with iridescent blue tints. Fore and hind wings : uniform; both with slender anticiliary black lines; on the hind wing the black spots on the tornal angle on the underside show-through by transparency. Cilia brownish; filamentous tail at apex of vein 2 on the hind wing black tipped with white. Underside: brown with a slight silky lustre. Fore and hind wings: with the following transverse, more or less broken, slender, dull whitish bands:—two short bands, one on either side oŁ the disco-cellulars; a discal pair, the posterior portion below vein 3 shifted inwards, thus forming the stem of a rough Y-shaped figure of which the pair of bands along the discocellulars and the anterior portion of the discal two bands may be said to form the branches; beyond these are an inner and an outer subterminal lunular line, a terminal very slender more continuous line and a jet-black anticiliary line; all these markings faint or obsolescent along the costa. Hind wing: a subbasal pair of similar, dull whitish slender bands or interrupted lines, two shorter ones, one on either side of the discocellulars, and a much curved and very much interrupted pair of discal lines, the portion of which belov vein 3 ia shifted inwards as on the fore wing; terminal markings much as on the fore wing but ending at vein 3, posterior to which in interspace 2 is a large round black spot, in interspace 1 a smaller black spot, both spots crowned inwardly with ochraceous and edged outwardly with white, also both black spots are sprinkled on their outer edges with metallic blue scales. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen dark brown, a little purplish on the thorax; beneath: the palpi white mixed with black hairs that form a stiff fringe; thorax and abdomen brownish white.

Typical female.—Upperside: dark brown, Fore and hind wings posteriorly for two-thirds of their length glossed with iridescent purplish-blue. Underside: similar to that of the male, the markings more clearly defined. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen as in the male but the shafts of the antennae speckled with white.

Shot this at Omkar hills.I tried with Nikon coolpix L5.
Thank you,

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Dear Arjun, nice shot, Parallel to the wings could have made this very sharp. well done. with best regards.vab.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-12-11 9:32]

Hello Arjun,
I like spectacular shots of Lycaenidae, in particular of rarely figured tropical species. Your picture show the wing markings of this little butterfly very well and sharp. The reproduced colours and colour nuances are superb.
I do not think, however, that this is Nacaduba pactolus. It is a species of the genus Jamides closely resembling Jamides celeno. There are several other Jamides occuring in India of which bochus, coerulea, kankena and lacteata are out of question.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-11 9:41]

Hello Arjun, nice photo of your butterfly, I can tell by your gallery that you love photography and butterflies and you make real nice photos. This one looks great with its beautiful colours, the nice DOF and the gracefulness of the butterfly. Thank you!


Hello Arjun
You ahve got lovely sharp details here and superb colours..perhaps it is not as sharp on the top of the wings as it could be from the angle you have taken him but none the less this is an excellent presentation.
A superb informative note also.
best regards

Hi Arjun,
A good portrait of this small blue. Not perfect, but good enough to go in my favourites with many other fine pictures of the Lycaenidae. I agree with Peter that this appears more typical of Jamides than of Nacaduba, but to determine the species would certainly need a look at the upperside and possibly dissection of the genitalia. Thanks

Hi Arjun!
I see you have your own camera now and are doing very good work with it. This is a nice capture of this attractive butterfly.
Well done and keep it up.

Hi Arijun, elegant butterfly with splendid colors, lovely details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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