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The Common Indian Crow

The Common Indian Crow
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Copyright: Pearl Rynjah (Pearl) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Canon 18-55 Kit Lens
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-06 2:23
Viewed: 2518
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Friends,

As it's Good Friday, am posting this Indian common crow to remember this day. May you have a meaningful and blessed Good Friday.


The Common Crow (Euploea core) is a common butterfly found in South Asia. In India it is also sometimes referred to as the Common Indian Crow. It belongs to the Danaid subfamily (Danainae, that is, Crows and Tigers) of the Nymphalidae family, that is, the Brushfooted butterflies.
The Common Crow is the most common representative of its genus Euploea. Like the Tigers (Danaus spp), the Crows are inedible and mimicked by other Indian butterflies (see Batesian mimicry). In addition, the Indian species of the Euploea genus shows another kind of mimicry, Müllerian mimicry. Accordingly, this species has been dealt with greater detail than other members of its genus in India.


The Common Crow (Euploea core) is a glossy black butterfly with brown underside with white marks along the outer margins of the wing. The wingspan is about 8-9 cms and the body also has prominent white spots.


It is found in Sri Lanka, India and Myanmar.


The Common Crow has three races:-
• Race vermiculata: (India) UPF spots increase in size towards the apex.
• Race core : (North India) These spots are more or less equal or reduce in size.
• Race asela: (Sri Lanka) These spots are very small and the terminal spots vanish to the apex.


It is found everywhere in India right up into the mountains till 8000 feet. Occasionally it swarms in the low, wet jungles of South India due to the abundance of its food plants which are spread over three orders of plants.


The butterfly, being protected by its inedibility, has a leisurely flight. It is often seen flying about shrubs and bushes in search of its host plants. It visits a large variety of flowering plant species. On hot days large numbers of these butterflies can be seen mudpuddling on wet sand. This butterfly also gathers on damaged parts of plants such as Crotolaria, Heliotropium to forage for chemicals precursors to produce pheromones.
Along with other Danaids such as the Tigers, the Common Crow is one of the most common migrating butterfly species.

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Have a great day ahead.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-04-06 2:27]

Hi Pearl,very old like my Vanessa but always fascinating,magnificent capture whit an excellent light balance and great details,i like it!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Pearl, old but beautiful too, great macro of lovely butterfly, fine detailsand splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good Easter week end, ciao Silvio

Good day Pearl
Lovely capture of this beauty!
Fine composition,wonderful colors and great sharp details.
Have a good weekend!

Hallo Pearl,
a very good capture of this beautiful butterfly, a true survivor, fine details and splendid natural colours, excellent point of view
Best regards

Hello Pearl,
excellent photo presentation of this old Common Crow, great colors and details, TFS!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-04-06 5:38]
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Hello Pearl,
A fine capture of a species of Papilionid butterfly that mimics the Common Crow and other similar poisonous butterflies.
I can see that this is a Papilionid species by viewing the head and shape of the antennae in this excellent sharp image.
So this is Papilio clytia, a species looking as though it is an inedible species.
Excellent natural colours and contrast with the fern leaf BG.
Thanks and enjoy your Easter!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-04-06 8:08]

Hello Pearl,
Nice photo of this butterfly from your archive in good sharpness and fine contrasting colours against the background. Pretty choice of composition.
Happy Easter to you,

Ciao Pearl. Excellent details and very good sharp with amazing light. TFS the interesting specie.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-04-06 11:57]

Hello Peal.
Lovely capture of the Common Crow.Beautiful detailsand a very nice pose in this well saturated macro.Bestv regards Siggi

Beautiful photo Pearl! Excellent composition, wonderful lighting and very good sharpness!

Hello Pearl.
Even though the butterfly is old, It is still graceful with good sharpness in the capture.
Have a wonderful weekend.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-04-12 8:55]

Hi Pearl.
You have pictured this old butterfly at a natural surrounding with great details and exactness. Fill flash is very good and underlines the texture and colouration of the butterfly perfectly. My kind regards and TFS.

Aquí tenemos dos especies muy parecidas pero no esta. Bello documento Pearl.
Saludos: J. Ignasi.

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