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Great Eggfly Female

Great Eggfly Female
Photo Information
Copyright: Himanshu Ranade (Xplorer) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 125 W: 13 N: 327] (2187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT, CANON EFS 18-55MM 1:3.5-5.6 II
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-18 8:46
Viewed: 2350
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Great Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina), also called the Blue Moon Butterfly or Common Eggfly, is a species of nymphalid butterfly.H. bolina is a black-bodied butterfly with a wingspan of about 70–85 millimetres (2.8–3.3 in). The species has a high degree of sexual dimorphism. The female is mimetic with multiple morphs

The upper side of the wings of the female is a brownish black and does not have any spots like those of the male. The edges bear white markings which are similar to those of the Common Indian Crow.

H. bolina is a fairly common butterfly found in lightly wooded country, deciduous forests, thick and moist scrub and the greener parts of human habitation. H. bolina is found in Madagascar in the west, through to South and Southeast Asia, South Pacific islands (French Polynesia, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu), and occurs in parts of Australia, Japan, and New Zealand.

Host plants

Race bolina breeds on plants like Fleuria interrupta, Sida rhombifolia,[5] Elatostemma cuneatum, Portulaca oleracea, Laportea interrupta,[6] Triumfetta pentandra,[7] and Asystasia species.
Other hosts include Elatostema cuneatum, Fleurya interrupta, Pseuderanthemum variabile, and Synedrella nodiflora. They are also known to feed on Urtica dioica and Malva sp.

Picture taken with a Canon 18-55 Kit lens at ISO 400.

Also interestingly this is the first time i have seen this butterfly on this plant and unfortunately I have not been able to ID this plant.

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Impressive butterfly and impressive photo Himanshu!! Excellent composition, wonderful colours and great sharpness!

hello Himanshu
this is a very good sharpness picture
great details and nice light
the colours are beautiful to
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Himanshu, great macro of fantastic butterfly, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-10-18 13:55]

Hello Himanshu,
splendid image of this butterfly in a fantastic position!
Great sharpness and detail, beautiful colours.Very well done!
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)
  • [2011-10-18 14:00]

This is a great gift to all the butterflies fans of TN! What a magnificent specie,and what a macro,a perfect and total focus for the best details,great natural colors and very nice and original position too,you was lucky to meet this beauty!! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-18 22:42]

Bonjour Himanshu,
La tête à l'envers.
Un papillon aux belles couleurs dans un très bel environnement
Grande netteté et détails impressionnants.

Hi Himanshu,
really nice and unusual photo of this butterfly. Very good point of view. AMazing colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Himanshu, Splendid quality work here my friend, superb detailed sharpness and excellent exposure and lighting control, good strong composition, great effort and very well done,
Best Regards,


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