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The Danaus Genutia

The Danaus Genutia
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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: 2007-12-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Angelina's Favorites - Part I, Butterfly Encyclopedia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-05 8:34
Viewed: 5656
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have been quite irregular here and have not used the camera much in last 30 days. This is the only butterfly shot I took recently. I hope to get some good shots soon.

The shot has been taken handheld, raw to jpeg conversion, cropping, resizing and framing done,

This butterfly is Danaus genutia also known as striped tiger butterfly, a very common butterfly found in India, It belongs to the danainae group of the Brush-footed butterflies family.

The butterfly closely resembles the Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) of the Americas.

The wingspan is 75 to 95 mm. Both sexes of the butterfly have tawny wings with veins marked with broad black bands.

While it is a strong flier, it never flies rapidly or high. It has stronger and faster strokes than the Plain Tiger. The butterfly ranges forth in search of its host and nectar plants. It visits gardens where it nectars on the flowers of Adelocaryum, Cosmos, Celosia, Lantana, Zinnia and similar flowers.
source wikipedia.

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Hello Pankaj
Excellent shot of this Striped Tiger,
Perfect composition,pose and eposure,Superb shot,

Good luck

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-01-05 8:42]

Hello Pankaj,
in spite of the dark grey background, the outlines of the genutia wings are perfectly seen. The low contrast between the wing margins and the background gives the picture a specific and artistic atmosphere and makes it very attractive. You selected an unusual and very nice point of view. Light, colour composition and geometric composition are perfect.
Best wishes, Peter

Yes it does look a bit like a Monarch and it also resembles a couple others..but you have the information right...You are the king of these fairies...and Sumon of Course who must be a very busy fella...Nice image..I am threatening to look for mine..but it is not of such high quality..and there are no new breeds called The Winter Snow Butterfly as far as I can tell:-)

great POV, nice light on the subject, and good BG too making interesting contrast, well done :)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-05 9:42]

Hi Pankaj,

A beautiful picture of this lovely butterfly which does resemble our Monarch. It shows up amazingly well against the dark background. Wonderful colors and excellent details showing off the lovely markings. A beautiful composition.


Hello my friend Pankaj,
Real nice to see your posting of beautiful butterfly again, much appreciated!!
good pose well captured with perfect exposure and focus always in total sharpness with details
very pleasant to view and enjoy
a good useful and informative notes
wishing you well

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-01-05 10:03]

wonderful picture with xcellent details..pov is great,

Hello Pajkan!
Nice pictre of interesting butterfly species, fine details and good POV. I like also contrast between BG and the species.
By the way, please note that na species name (second part of binominal name - here "genutia") should be written in smaller word. Only this kind is correct according to the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature :) But this is just a small correction :)
Have a nice evening and all the best in 2008!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-05 10:43]

Hi. Pankaj. You have captured a fine close up of this beautiful butterfly. the detail is first class. with rich but natural looking colours. a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-05 10:51]

Hi Pankaj,

A nice composed picture,excellent colors and well balanced picture,thanks for sharing,


Ciao Pankaj,
una foto molto bella, come tuo solito, di questa Danaus.
Apprezzo particolarmente lo sfondo scuro che mette bene in risalto la silhouette della farfalla.
Gradevole anche la composizione.

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-01-05 13:28]

Hello Pankaj,
Amazing POV and beautiful colours. Excellent details and beautiful composition.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-05 14:07]

Hi Pankaj,
Very nice capture of this lovely butterfly with a good POV, nice dark background, focus, sharpness, colors and composition. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-05 14:25]

Hola Pankaj,
buen trabajo y pov,
detalles excelentes y buenos colores,

Hi Pankaj,
Excellent composition and colours. Striking BG. Very artistic. Thanks.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-01-05 15:54]

Hi Pankaj,
Beautiful shot!
Nice POV and sharpness!
Good composition too!
Nice BG!

Hello Pankaj,
Beautiful picture. Lovely light and shadow from good use of flash. Beautifully framed and presented. Best wishes,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-05 19:26]

Hello Pankaj,
This is a beauty Pankaj with amazing colors and details throughout, thank you sir.

With all the rain we have been having lately I haven't had my camera out much either. I think you did great on this one. I love the sharpness and the simple composition against that lovely out of focus background.

Evelynn : )

Gran toma Pankaj. El buen fondo, encuadre y enfoque hacen que parezca que esta fotografía esté flotando, por lo que da una buena sensación de realismo. La luz también me gusta.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi Tejedor.

Hello Pankaj,

Very nice shot of this butterfly. Very nice composition. Great sharpness and wonderful colours.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-06 2:24]

Hello Pankaj,
A technically superb image of a Striped Tiger taken from an unusual POV that shows almost every aspect of the butterfly well. The lighting is excellent thanks to the skillful use of flash and the composition is pleasing. In short, a great shot and thanks for sharing it!
I hope you will have more time with your camera soon.

Hi Pankaj,
A beautiful capture of this stripped tiger. Very well managed although low light. Very good details on wings and a nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-06 4:36]

Hi Pankaj.
First of all I am impresses with the skill of close-up shooting and great selection of the exposure parameters and flash work. It is clear subject is wonderful and POV is so impressive. Sharpness of the entire image is simply superb as ell as the absolutely smooth BG. Bravo and kind regards.

Hello Pankaj.

Excellent image, very good details and colors.

jose Luis.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-06 7:12]

Hello Pankaj, another great butterfly macro my friend ! Fine details all over, great dark background and great composition, the exposure is spot on too, great work, thanks !


Wonderful capture of Striped tiger butterfly with good action.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-06 13:57]

Hello Pankaj
Excellent composition.Sharp image whit good details.Light and colors are very nice.I also like that dark BG.
TFS Michel

I have yet to see a Striped Tiger with my own eyes, Pankaj.
Your image of it clearly shows how different it is from its cousin and our favourite Plain Tiger.
Wonderful composition with nice colours. The dark BG makes the leaf and the subject stand out sharply.

Hi Pankaj, superb butterfly with wonderful colors, great details and excellent sharpness, I like tio see both face of the wings of this splendi creature, very well done, ciao Silvio

Wow...clean, sharp, simple, well done! :)

Hello Pankaj,
I notice you have access to great butterflies all year around, hehehe!
This is a delicate composition, where the subject is captured with great details...
A spacy feeling, very well done!
Pablo -

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-11 11:34]

Hi Pankaj, still another beauty so very well captured. I love the POV with the subtle tones of the background, it's as if we were coming to meet the butterfly. Very nicely done, excellent sharpness and light. Thank you!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-19 18:59]

Hello Pankaj

A very good POV for this beautiful butterfly.
The lighting and colours are lovely.
Excellent sharpness and focus here.
The butterfly is placed well in the frame.


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