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Common Grass Yellow

Common Grass Yellow
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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: 2008-08-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-30 5:01
Viewed: 3249
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 50
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Surprises, even to me, keep on tumbling out of my archives. :)
Today I am posting the picture of this rather ordinary butterfly with its head well into the core of a small garden flower. So all you see of it are its yellow wings.

Common Grass Yellow

The Large or Common Grass Yellow, Eurema hecabe, is a small pierid butterfly species found in Asia. They are found flying close to the ground and are found in open grass and scrub habitats. It is simply known as "the grass yellow" in parts of its range; the general term otherwise refers to the entire genus Eurema.

Upperside: yellow, variable in tint from sulphur to rich lemon-yellow according to locality with a light or heavy rainfall. Fore wing: apex and termen deep black, this colour continued narrowly along the costal margin to base of wing, near which it often becomes diffuse; the inner margin of the black area from costa to vein 4 very oblique and irregular, between veins 2 and 4 excavate on the inner side, this excavation outwardly rounded between the veins and inwardly toothed on vein 3; below vein 2 the black area is suddenly dilated into a square spot which occupies the whole of the tornal angle; the inner margin of this dilatation is variable, in the typical form slightly concave. Hind wing: terminal margin with a narrow black band which is attenuated anteriorly and posteriorly ; dorsal margin broadly paler than the ground-colour.

Underside : yellow, generally a slightly paler shade than that of the upperside, with the following reddish-brown markings. Fore wing: two small spots or specks in basal half of cell and a reniform spot or ring on the discocellulars. Hind wing: a slightly curved subbasal series of three small spots, an irregular slender ring or spot on the discocellulars, followed by a highly irregular, curved, transverse, discal series of spots or specks, some or all of which are often obsolescent. On both fore and hind wings the veins that attain the costal and terminal margins end in minute reddish-brown specks. Antenna greyish yellow, the club black; head, thorax and abdomen yellow, shaded with fuscous scales; beneath: the palpi, thorax and abdomen yellowish white. The sex-mark seen from above appears as a thickening of the basal half of the median vein on the fore wing.

Scientific classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Coliadinae
Genus: Eurema
Species: E. hecabe

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Hello Ram,
what a wonderful picture of the Common Grass Yellow, very good sharpness and lighting, marvellous vivid colours, nice pose of the butterfly against a splendid dark BG.
Best regards

Hi Ram Sir,

We see this tiny butterfly daily but never thought that it looks so cute in the photo. Superb macro and nice background. This is amazing shot as usual :)


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-30 5:38]

Hello Ram
nice composition, vivid colors, clear BG and good details. Well done.

Hi Mr. Ram,
A beautiful composition with this beautiful flower and the common grass yellow butterfly. Very good sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-06-30 6:16]

Your archives are a fantastic source of images Ram.
Perhaps we have the heat to thank for you to pull this one out!
It is beautiful, the lighting and the fine composition of the Common Grass Yellow on the red flower against the natural dark BG make this a joy to see.
Here we are now experiencing a drought, having had no rain for 3 wks and the temp is up to 30 deg now which we northerners find too hot and like with you there is little to photograph.
Thanks and all the best: I hope you get better weather soon.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-06-30 6:36]

Hi Ram,
thi really a SUPERBS shot. The colours are really exciting and very captivating indeed. The rich yellow and the pinkish flower really captured the view.
well done ahot with brilliant blurry background.



hello Ram
wonderful photo,colors BG and composition are excellent

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-06-30 6:57]

Hello Ram,
very interesting shot! The buterfly looks like A part of OF the more flower, quite amazing. Picture has good details, great colours and very nice framing.
Best regards Siggi

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-06-30 7:03]

Hello Ram,
This little yellow butterfly looks soo lovely sticking out of the pretty flower. The light and colours are wonderful and the dark background makes them really stand out.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hi ,

Good photo ,Ram Sir .Beautiful colours.The butterfly may be searching nectar.You have captured the moment, well.To be frank, I like the flower more than the butterfly.In my view the flower has excellent lighting and the butterfly is slightly over exposed. Very good BG.

Have a NiceDay :)

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-06-30 7:40]

Hello Ram,

It's very funny!!

The colours are very sharp!
The BG is excellent!(the flower and the butterfly arise well from the BG!)



Hello Ram,

A beautiful capture of this Common Grass Yellow with attractive colors, sharpness & details. Well done. TFS.



beautiful image, the bright colour of the butterfly, a beautiful flower and the dark background are all the ingredients to make this a superb capture, and of course, the photographer and his perception too! tfs!

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  • sotos (313)
  • [2009-06-30 9:32]

hello teacher
very nice composition and vivid colors

Oh Ram, without words, colors, composition, perfect background, all form a very beautiful photo. It is very funny pose of the butterfly, half-hidden in the flower. Good POV.

Thanks for the additional note.

Regards & TFS!


Namaste Sir Ram,
An awesome macro capture of a beautiful common grass yellow while collecting nectar from a beautiful flower with neat details and fine composition.
TFS and cheers,

This will certainly sound silly..but I watch many cooking shows on TV and this one almost appears as if the butterfly is being served as a dish inside a flora...how odd is that...but I am known for being odd...VERY nice colour combination. Truly E Indian in that area..an area which eludes me....I can do pastel and every so often somethign vivid but I rarely see things as this is done which is VERY vivid in all ways!

Ciao Ram, splendid composition with lovely butterfly in to a beautiful flower, great contrast against dark BG, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Beautiful color combination Ram, very nice light & color.
Great image my friend!

NOw how does one critique this one, Sir?
There's nothing to critique, literally!
Again, I repeat what I've said in the past, Is shot ke baare mein kuchh bolna sooraj ko diya dikhane ke baraabar hoga..

Where is the head :-) Ram, this is a beautiful picture the details are just perfect. The colors of the flower ,the BG and the color of the butterfly is "Made to Order" :-). Keep looking at your archives :-)

Hello Ram,
Superb colorful composition ! I like the nice capture of the light
Well done

Hello Ram
a nice shot of this butterfly wings, the Common Grass Yellow is perhaps a very ordinary species but not often seen on TN, i like his bright yellow colors with tiny black dots
great composition

Hi Ram
Nice capture.
Great details and good clarity.

Dear Ramji,
Superb, splendid, spectacular indeed ! Awesome, captivating. Background gave lot of depth to the subject. May we see more from your treasure of archives soon ?

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