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Plains Cupid

Plains Cupid
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-04 0:44
Viewed: 3732
Points: 36
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The Plains Cupid, Edales pandava, is a species of blue butterfly found in India.


Wet-season brood. Male upperside: lavender-blue. Fore wing: costa narrowly, terminal margin more broadly fuscous brown, the latter with in addition an anticiliary black line; cilia light brown transversely traversed close to but not at their bases by a dark brown line. Hind wing: costa narrowly fuscous brown; a sub-terminal series of black spots outwardly edged by a white line; the spot in interspace 2 the largest and inwardly crowned more or less broadly with oehraceous yellow; an anticiliary black line and the cilia as on the fore wing. Underside: greyish brown. Fore and hind wings: the following transverse darker brown markings on each wing, the markings edged on the inner and outer sides with white lines—a shorb bar across the discocellulars, a discal catenulated band, the posterior two elongate spots of which on the fore wing are en Echelon, while the band on the hind wing in bisinuate and is capped anteriorly near the costa by a round black spot encircled with white; the above are followed by maculated inner and outer subterminal bands, which on the hind wing aro curved and more or less interrupted on the tornal area by a comparatively large round black spot ill interspace 2 and a smaller similar spot in interspace 1, both spots inwardly crowned with ochraceous; the white edgings on the inner side to both sub-terminal bands on the hind wing are more or less lunular. In addition on the same wing there is a subbasal curved row of four white-encircled spots, of which the anterior two and the spot on the dorsum are black, the other dark brown. Antennae black, shafts ringed with white; head, thorax and abdomen brown, the head and thorax clothed with bluish hairs; beneath: palpi, thorax and abdomen whitish.
Female upperside: brown. Fore wing: shot with blue from base outwards for a little over half its length down its middle, this blue irroration not extended to the costal margin; a slender anticiliary black line. Hind wing: a touch of blue iridescence near base; terminal markings much as on the forewing but the subterminal spots larger and not extended beyond interspace 6 ; in addition postdiscally there is a lightening of the shade of the ground-colour, between which paler area and the subterminal spots tho ground-colour assumes the form of a post-discal, short, transverse lunular band.
Underside as in the male, the markings slightly larger and more clearly defined. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen as in the male but slightly paler.
Dry season brood. Very similar to the same sexes of the wet-season brood, but can be recognized by the following differences:—Upperside: Male Ground-colour slightly duller; sub-terminal spots on the hind wing less clearly defined. Female: The blue shot area extended outwards on the fore wing for three-fourths of its length from base, but as in wet-season specimens not reaching the costal margin; on the hind wing the blue suffusion covers the entire medial portion of the wing from the base to the subterminal row of spots, of which latter the spot in interspace 2 is entirely without the inner ochraceous edging.
Underside: ground-colour darker than in specimens of the wet-season brood, the discocellular and discal transverse bands on both fore and hind wings broader, the terminal markings very ill-defined, the inner white edging to the inner of the two subterminal transverse bands broadened and very diffuse. On the hind wing the discocellular and discal bands coalesce and form an ill-defined diffuse medial cloud on the wing.


Peninsular India south of the outer ranges of the Himalayas, but not in the desert tracts and somewhat local; Ceylon: Assam: Burma; extending into the Malayan Sub-region.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edales_pandava

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Namastey Ram Bahaijaan,
What an amazing macro shot vith great soft colours, light and details.TFS.
Best wishes,


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-04 1:00]

A fine macro with a great DOF showing this Plains Blue with excellent sharpness throughout Ram.
The rear POV is also unusual showing the main features of this butterfly in a rather attractive way.
The composition and conntrast on the smooth round stone couldn't be better, all of which contribute to make this a top class image.
Thanks for sharing this and have a nice weekend Ram,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-04 1:10]

Hello Ram,
wonderful macro with great details and exposing. Nice natural colurs and composition. TFS.

Again, a poetic capture of a lovely butterfly from a good angle Ram, the DOF provided by f/8 finely encloses the whole individual, leaving the stone behind pleasantly OOF. Good choice indeed!
TFS and cheers,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-04 1:38]

Hello Ram,
A photo with a perfect DOF. The contrasting colours of the blue butterfly and the whitish BG is fantastic. Excellent composition. Very sharp focus.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2008-10-04 2:08]

Beautiful capture,colour, composition&POV all top class.Looks simple yet very strong capture.TFS!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-04 2:15]

Hello Ram,
I remember seeing Blue butterflies in Ladakh but I never got a chance to find their ID. This is a real beauty very nicely captured. I like your POV, details are sharp and the colour is beautiful. A nice neutral background too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-04 4:17]

Hello Ram,
Very well composed picture, simple and with most beautiful fine colours, lavender blue and white. You show us also a rarely seen Lycaenidae, which is always a great pleasure to look at. Thanks also for the very precise note.
Have a nice weekend

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-04 5:55]

Hi Ram.
I like the subject so much. Charming butterfly on a stone (if I am not mistaken) is looked amazingly. Wonderful back POV, ultimate details and fine colours, excellent impressive unusual BG. My best wishes and thanks for extraordinary shot.

Hello Ram,
a technically perfect and well designed picture. There is nothing to criticize,everything looks great,

Super duper Ram; You are getting quite the mileage out of your special yet so simple framing. It truly draws the eye in...and there is a slight but very small perceptible minimalist to it...hard for most to see I guess...but just a glint.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-04 12:24]

Hello Ram,

There is such a fine composition in your photo with few elements but such a strength. It seems to me that all viewer attention is atracted by the photo. The sharply shown butterfly looks excelent on the rounded rocks and it's colors suits so well with the gry color tones of the background.


Hi Ram

Great shot of this attractive blue
Great POv, DOF and sharpness
I'm impressed with the variety of butterflies you get in your area

hello sir,
nice capture of the plains cupid butterfly, the dof is precise as the total butterfly looks in sharp focus, nice pov to offer the open winged view, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-10-05 1:51]

Hi Ram
I like this little Blue butterfly.
It's a well composed photo, with good details, colours and sharpness. Yes, nicely captured and well exposed.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-10-05 9:04]

Good shot sir, I would love to see the front POV. Sharp and clear picture. Ganesh

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-10-05 13:36]

Hi Ram!

I almost missed this beauty! Beside the magnificent colours I particularly like here the unusual background formed by these beautiful stones. Their shapes and lines add to the value of the picture.

Kind regards


Hello Ram
Usulay I don't comment pictures with insects, but this blue butterfly captured my eyes. And because of the white-grey background, contrasting with the insect.
Regards, Oana

Hello again ;-)
Another beauty - vivid blue butterfly on and grey stones. Great, unusual POV, good sharpness, perfect OOF background and great composition with butterfly in the right down corner

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