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Dedicated to *Loot*

Dedicated to *Loot*
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Copyright: Narayanan Ganesan (gannu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-15
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dedications at Trek Nature, Loot's Favourites 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-24 3:10
Viewed: 3967
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
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I would like to dedicate this for "Loot" whose contribution is excellent. Moreover the recent TN activites were made him disturbed and hope with the come back of the people he is happy.


The recent rain in Delhi and parts of India made the weather disturbed and moreover the insects are having a very enjoyable time. This butterfly came immediately after the rain and was just enjoying the wetness and I can see them plenty in the garden.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Genus: Catopsilia
Species: C. pyranthe

Some interesting fact about butterfly

The word butterfly came from the English word Buttorfleoge. Perhaps because, in mediaeval times, butterflies could be seen hovering around butterchurns or that their excrement is yellowish in colour.

Some butterflies, such as the Northern Pearly Eye, will fly at night.

Butterflies are the second largest group of pollinators.....next to bees.

Harvester larvae are carnivorous. They feed on aphids not plants.

Monarchs have been known to migrate over 3000km. In fact a Monarch tagged at Presqu'ile, here in southern Ontario, was recovered in Mexico and is on record as being the longest insect migration.

Butterflies don't have lungs.

The larvae of some of the some Blues, Coppers and Hairstreak butterflies produce a sugary excretion that is consumed by ants that in turn protect the larvae from predators.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

The Monarch's Mexican wintering site was only discovered in 1975.

The Mourning Cloak and Compton Tortoiseshell are Canada's longest lived butterfly. They can last up to 11 months.

In Canada we have two butterflies that use evergreens: the Pine Elfin and the Juniper Hairstreak.

Monarchs can fly a 1000km without stopping.

Butterflies make up 20 percent of the order lepidoptera.

Caterpillars shed their skin to accommodate growth.....just like snakes have to.

The Giant Swallowtail is the largest butterfly found in Canada. It's wingspan can reach up to 5".

It takes two years for the Macoun's Arctic to complete one life cycle.

The largest threat to butterflies is loss of habitat.

Since butterflies are cold blooded it is necessary for them to warm up their flight muscles. This is done by basking in the sun in order to absorb heat.

True butterfly antennae are filament like with a bulbous end.

Butterflies can attain a flight speed of up to 50 kph.

Even though Skippers are considered to be butterflies their appearance would suggest that their might be more closely related to moths than butterflies. Skippers have a thicker hairy body and hooked antennae....unlike true butterflies.

Monarchs can attain an altitude of a kilometer or more during migration.

The major cause of death to the Cabbage White larvae is rain, which knocks them off their plants where they drown or are severely injured.

Northern Pearly Eyes are very territorial. They will attack other male intruders.

Butterflies are really cool.

Eastern Tailed Blue, Marine Blue, Bog Elfin and the Small Checkered Skipper all share top honours for Canada's smallest butterflies at wing a span of 16mm. Worldwide the smallest are the Pygmy butterflies at 11mm.

The Mourning Cloak has been known to play dead in order to escape predators.

Mourning Cloaks and Compton Tortoiseshells frequently feed at Sapsucker drillings.

Butterflies smell with their antennae.

The Painted Lady is the most wide spread butterfly species in the world. Occurring on all continents accept South American and Antarctica.

When it rains butterflies find shelter in crevasses, in dense undergrowth and tree cavities.

Skipper antennae are filament like with a slight hook on the end.

If the scales are removed from a butterfly's wing what is left is a transparent membrane.

The Karner Blue butterfly became extirpated in Ontario around 1991.

The Spring Azure is one of the shortest lived butterflies lasting only a couple of days.

There are only six species of butterflies, in Canada, that are found above the 75th parallel on Ellesmere Island (that's up there); Polaris Fritillary, Dingy Fritillary, Arctic Blue, Hecla Sulphur, Labrador Sulphur, and the American Copper.

The male, of some species of butterflies, emits it's pheromones through special scales on their wings.

Overwintering species of larvae avoid freezing by producing glycerol.....a kind of antifreeze.

Some larvae communicate with ants by producing sounds.

Male Monarchs never make the return journey the following spring.

Some members of the Skipper family of butterflies can attain flight speeds in excess of 50 kph.

Milbert's Tortoiseshells lay eggs in clusters containing upwards of a thousand.

Butterflies breath through openings in their abdomen called "spiracles".

Butterflies are divided into two main groups called skippers (hesperioidea) and true butterflies (papilionoidea).

Chryxus Arctic displays territorial mating behaviour known as "leks". Although well documented among birds, it would appear to be a rare and unusual behaviour with butterflies.

Butterfly can seen Red, Green and Yellow.

Source : Wikipedia

Technical Details

Exposure Time: 1/250
F-Stop: f/4.5
ISO Speed Ratings: 200
Focal Length: 180/1 mm
Date Taken: 2008-08-15 07:56
Metering Mode: Average
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
File Size: 278 kb

siggi, uleko, boreocypriensis, haraprasan, jusninasirun, Silvio2006, jaycee, jrobertop, goldyrs, crs, meyerd, vral, loot, Miss_Piggy has marked this note useful
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To Miss_Piggy: Dedicated to *Loot*gannu 1 09-05 19:45
To meyerd: Dedicated to *Loot*gannu 1 08-25 02:51
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  • Great 
  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-24 3:14]

Hello Narayanan,
This is another superb picture with great composition , excellent details, exposure and tones of colors. I like this environment and interesting notes.
Best regards

Una composición muy particular Narayanan, con una sobresaliente iluminación que apesar de ser ténue es efectiva y crea un ambiente muy especial. Buen enfoque, colores y disposición de los elementos.
Saludos: J. Ignasi.

Good, sharp image with fantastic details on this butterfly, Ganesan.
We have lots of this species on the wing these days in and around Delhi.
Well done and thanks.

Hello Ganesh,

Excellent sharp picture of this butterfly. Good composition. Superb detail. Exposure and colours are great.
Very well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-24 4:00]

Hello Ganesh,
Very beautiful capture of this butterfly drying itself after the rain! Excellent exposure and sharp details that stand out against the dark background. Well composed and a very nice dedication too!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Ganesh,
A great macro shot and great dedication tou our experienced and esteemed friend Loot!
All the best for him and also many thanks for this significant dedication.
Greetings from TRNC,

hello ganesan,
lovely dedication to a loved member of TN, these days this species is quite common everywhere, i liked the sharpness and the details of the wings, i feel that the composition could have been better here . the facts about butterfly are really intersting,
well done ganeshji,
tfs & regards

Hi Ganesh Ji,
A nice capture of this beautiful butterfly. A very nice dedication for Loot. Hope he will be back soon. Very nice and informative notes. Superb details and a very nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Ganesh. i'm sure Loot will be happy with this dedication. Sharp image with very good control of aperture. Beautiful framing and well done. Jusni

Ciao Ganesh, great capture of wonderful butterfly, splendid details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

  • Great 
  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-24 9:49]

Hi Ganesh,

A beautiful butterfly with wonderful shadings and superb details. I love the leaves with the water droplets. Lovely backgroud to set off the white butterfly.


very nice atmosphere and water drops add to the picture. Good one. TFS

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-08-24 12:05]

Lovely photo Gansesh!
Exceptional detail and great sharpness.
Nice composition.
Good dedication.

Well done,

Sorry I'm being very irregular, my friend!
I love the sharpness and detail in this macro.The POV you've chosen is really great!

Hi Ganesh,

Its immaculate picture of the butter fly, composition, back ground, water drop lets etc is adding on to the picture. Well done. TFS.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-08-24 22:46]

Hello Ganesh,

You did an excelent photo! It looks so vivid and alive that I fell I can tuch the butterfly. You have made excelent us of the light showing so well the texture of the butterfly but also the wonderfull colors of the leafs arround. Background also looks very good with it's vivid colors. Composition with the water drops bring even more life to the image.


Hi Narasayan, again,

very nice portrait of this butterfly with the light from the side, sculpting the veins nicely.
Good and appropriate dedication, too. Let's not be too serious about cookie points but very serious about decency, honesty, friendliness.

Best regards

  • Great 
  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-08-25 2:45]

Hello Ganesan,

You've presented a very nice and fresh capture of this Emigrant.
Composition and details are superb.Interesting butterfly facts.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-25 4:07]

Hi Nara,this is one of your best pics! The details and the beauty of this butterfly sre impressive,but the drops on the leave make a difference! A very piece of art,i like a lot,my best compliments,have a nice week,Luciano

Hi Ganesh

I love this photograph...the droplets on the leaves gives a different feel to the photograph. Thanks for sharing

  • Great 
  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-08-26 21:15]

Hi Ganesh

You have certainly read my heart my friend and yes, I am happy for those members who have returned. I love this site and its people and when some of them disappeared for various reasons I definitely were distressed and very unhappy. But let's continue to build bridges and grow in friendship while keeping this site the wonderful place it has always been. Thanks for the dedication and the kind words. It is sincerely appreciated.

This is a lovely little butterfly which you have captured it in an amazing shot. The contrasts are superb showing every bit of the tremendously sharp detail especially on the whitish underwings. The composition is fine and I like the water droplets on the leaves. Great colour saturation and the DOF ensured an OOF and well isolated BG that compliments the subject. The exposure control was spot-on resulting in the well balanced lighting of the image.

Good work MF and TFS.
Best regards

Hallo Gannu
My sincere apologies for only visiting this dedication that you have made to Loot today. I have been much occupied lately and just could not get the time to visit some of the images and leave my comments.
Although this is a very plain coloured butterfly, it is in fact a beauty in my eyes. The dark lining around the edges of the wings is really stunning and eye-catching. The veins on the wings itself is very clear and stands out well. I also like the rosy coloured head which blends in well with almost the same colour of the stem of the plant you have captured in on.
The water droplets on the leaves add a extra oomph to an already super image. Although last in the queue at this time and date I do want to congratulate you on this great image. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards from a very humid South Africa

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