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Rathinda amor

Rathinda amor
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 XR DiII LD Asp, MacroCloseUp +2
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/320 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-30 22:20
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Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Monkey Puzzle, Rathinda amor (Fabricius) 1775 is a small lycaenid or blue butterfly found in south Asia.

Not Rare in India. It is common and present in all the Western Ghat districts of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Goa. It is common but not found in all the Ghat districts of Maharashtra and does not occur in Gujarat at all (Gaonkar).

Sexes alike. Wingspan - 26 to 28 mm. Upperside - The butterfly is dark brown. It has a white-spot end cell. It has narrow white spots on 2 and 3 which form a short band on the forewing. On the UPH it has two black tornal spots and narrow dark reddish spota above them. Underside - The butterfly is white to dark yellowish brown. Forewing has irregular dark basal markings with a curved white discal line. The apical two-fifths are a rich dark brown colour. The hindwing has a silvery margin with many irregular black lines and spots within. It has three tails, being 2 mm, 6 mm and 2.5 mm in length.

This butterfly is found in jungle areas of moderate to heavy rainfall - both, in heavy forest and scrub. The butterfly occurs below 900 meters or so. It keeps to undergrowth and can be seen along forest paths and in clearings.

The butterfly has a weak flight, it stays low and does not fly for long without alighting. Its method of alighting is interesting - as soon as it lands, it turns around and waggles its tail filaments, it also sidesteps for a while - all this is apparently to confuse a predator as to which side is the head. This is a likely reason that the first naturalists may have named the species the Monkey Puzzle.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-09-30 22:26]

Hi Haraprasan!

What a stunning picture and butterfly! It looks like there would be a second insect or animal in the butterfly. Actually, the shape and the design of this beauty is magnificent and your picture is a valuable contribution to TN.

Many thnaks and kind regards


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-09-30 23:22]

Hello Haraprasan.
Fine shot of this beauty. Excellent sharpness and details. Well highlighted against the OOf green background.Best regards Siggi

Hello haraprasan. Beautiful capture of this wonderful butterfly. Nice vivid colours and composition.
Kind regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-10-01 0:21]

Very beautiful species and great capture, good composition and simple background makes this real stunner, I just love this one. tfs.

Ciao Haraprasan, lovely little butterfly with fantastic design on wings, beautiful natural colors, splendid light, wonderful blrry BG, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Namastay Hara ji,

Amazing capture, it all looks very sharp and clear.
The wing patern of this beauty is particularly awesome. Love the composition here too. TFS this novelty (at least for me) MF.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-10-01 1:13]

Hi Nayak,
Splendid photo, very good sharpness and fine details, TFS!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-10-01 1:17]

Hi Haraprasan,
Very good macro ...
Superb focus and sharpness.Beutiful colours and light.
Best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-10-01 1:39]

What a beautiful lyceane!!!I'm crazy for the beauty of the wings design,a wonderfull specie taken very well in a top class composition.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Hello Haraprasan,

what an good presentation from this beautifull butterfly.
Great low pov, razor sharpness, bg and deatails.
Fine colours.


Ciao Haraprasan. Great lightning compo for this small and coloured butterfly. Very good details against the blurred BG.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-01 5:59]

Hello Haraprasan,
simple and stunningshot of this small butterfly. the richness of the colours is so good and the sharpness is excellent.
What a view seeing those smaller tails jutting out from the wings.


Hi Haraprasan,
very beautiful image of butterfly, light and background perfect, a nice picture. Regards, Paolo

Wow, this is a stunningly beautiful shot of this very pretty butterfly, HP!
The butterfly just stands out isolated from the rest of the surroundings.
A superb picture both technically and aesthetically.
Well done and TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-01 8:04]

Namastay Haraprasan,
A superb macro of a fresh specimen of this spectacular Lycaenid butterfly. As I find this image is close to perfection I cannot fault it and especially like the lighting and contrasting clean BG.
Thanks for sharing this beauty, that has to be a favourite!
With kind regards,

Hola Haraprasan

Vaya otra mariposa que no había visto antes, que original su parte trasera de las alas, una perfecta composición y colores naturales, asi como un fondo adecuado y perfecta nitidez.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hi Haraprasan,

A very nice kind and very nice shooting.
Light, sharpness and colors are very successful.
Displayed in a wonderful composition.
Thank you for sharing.

Regards, Have nice day.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-01 11:16]

Hello Haraprasan,
Another beauty! Light and colours are fantastic in this photo. Beautiful contrast against the blurry green BG. Excellent sharpness and details, POV and composition.

Hello Haraprasan,
What a pretty lycanid, so well captured! The colours and composition are so nice. Congratulations,

hello Haraprasan
a beauty of a butterflywith good pose and beautiful colours
greeting lou

A beautiful creature, captured in your special HP style. Keep this up and you're name shall be widely known.

Buena luz y bien captada en todos los aspectos la belleza de esta pequeña mariposa.
Saludos Haraprasan: Josep Ignasi.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-10-02 1:38]

Hi Haraprasan,
Splendid macro work.I liked POV,blurred BG,DOF you managed,details and colors a lot.Very well done!Have a nice weekend,thanks for sharing..

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-10-02 3:07]

Hello Haraprasan,
A little "jewel" yout butterfly. Most beautiful decentred presentation.
Great sharpness on the wings and a well suiting blurred background. A very pleasant picture, indeed!
Thanks and kind regards

Hello Haraprasan,
Beautiful image captured with vivid colours, great focus, fine details and excellent blurred BG. Well done!

Monkey Puzzle is a very very beautiful butterfly. I know it by your post. many thanks for showing us this beauty, Haraprasan. you greatly captured it, with nice details, POV/DOF and coloration. nicely composed and presented. best wishes

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-10-08 6:19]

Hello Haraprasan,
A beautiful little butterfly very well captured. I love its markings and all the tails! Beautiful colours too and well composed. I enjoyed reading your note too!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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