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'The Quaker' 1st posting at TN

'The Quaker' 1st posting at TN
Photo Information
Copyright: samiran nandy (samiran88) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 834 W: 85 N: 1657] (10271)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-11-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D90, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-11-12 5:15
Viewed: 2513
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear Friends,
Today I would like to present you a beautiful butterfly 'the Quaker' (Neopithecops zalmora zalmora) and it is the first posting at TN. No, it is not a rare or endangered. It is a South Asian and Southeast Asian butterfly. You can find it various part of India. I am amazed that this beauty is absent at TN.
Recently I visited my home village at Rudrapur, North 24 Parganas, West Bengal, there I found this beauty with some other butterflies which are very rare at Santiniketan, and I am fortunate to take some pictures of them and present before you.
As because it is a first posting, so, it is better to put some information about this butterfly.

The Quaker (Neopithecops zalmora) is a small butterfly found in South Asia and Southeast Asia that belongs to the Lycaenids or Blues family.
Genus: Neopithecops Distant, 1884
Species: zalmora Butler, 1870
Sub-species: zalmora Butler, 1870
Wingspan of Adult Butterfly: 22mm
Caterpillar Local Host Plants: Glycosmis pentaphylla.
Above, the wings are dark brown. On the forewing, there is a white discal patch which is always present in the female but usually obscure or absent in the male.
Beneath, the whitish wings feature a series of dark brown to black marginal spots and a post-discal series of disjoint striae. On the hindwing there is a prominent black spot in space 7 near the costs and a much smaller black spot in space 1a.
This small species is not uncommon and is usually observed in the nature reserves flying alongside shady trails. Its flight is typically feeble and erratic. Usually only single individuals are encountered. The adults have been found to visit flowers, especially that of Glycosmis pentaphylla (at my village).
India: Eastern Himalayas; Bengal: Orissa; Western Ghats; Ceylon; Assam; Burma; Tenasserim; the Andamans; extending into the Malay Peninsula.

Thank you for viewing and valuable comments.

" HAPPY DIWALI to all of YOU"

IronM, ramthakur, maaciejka, marius-secan, Marco2010, anel, CeltickRanger has marked this note useful
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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2012-11-12 5:30]

Hello Samiran,
wonderful photo of this amazing butterfly, lovely details !

I would just say that the search system on TN is not perfect and sometimes when you type a specific name of some spicies you will not get the result even though that species already appeared on TN.

In any case I wish you that this was really the first post of this spicies on TN and congratulations to you !

Good shot Samiran.The Butterfly is showing good details here with true colors. In my view you could have brighten the Background a bit. So that foreground butterfly and the background would look more balanced in view of contrast. [When flashes are used then usually background will become darker] One more thing I feel here is at 2.8 we must be exactly parallel to the subject otherwise some parts of the body will go blur. A little upper or lower POV would have avoided the merging of Antennae. Thanks for sharing this beauty.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-11-12 6:26]

Hello Samiran,
Very nice sharp detailed macro of this butterfly in beautiful natural colours. Taken from a good POV in an attractive composition.

You deserve congratulations for this first posting on TN of a butterfly from our sub-continent, Mr Nandy. I agree with you; this butterfly has not been posted by any Indian nature photographer on TN ever before including the very prolific and gifted Sumon Sinha from Orissa.
Your picture of this species is perfect in every respect, be it the sharpness, focus, natural colours or composition. The details on the exposed wings are marvellous.
Thanks and wish you too a Happy Diwali!

Hi Samiran,
excellent photo of this butterfly. Perfect point of view. Great composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-11-12 7:50]

This pic is Great, Amaizing sharpness and fine details. It is a beautiful butterfly, the light is great too. Thank you very much for sharing this beautiful Macro. Congratulation. Saludos.

Ciao Samiran, great first on TN of fantastic delicate butterfly, superb sharpness, excellent clarity, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hello Samiran,
Just amazing.....What a splendid image with exceptional details and outstanding sharpness. It is a lovely catch of a interesting butterfly specie with very good light and clarity. Incredible sharp details and perfect focus.
Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Samiran.
Splendida macro di questa farfalle con una livrea molto elegante,sembra un vestiti da sposa,eccellente nitidezza ottimi dettagli,stupendi i colori molto bella la composizione bravo .
Ciao Marco.

hello Samiran
this is a beauty with good sharpness and great details
the colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-11-13 5:24]

Hello Samiran,
The Lycaenidae-species are so numerous and it's always a pleasure to discover a new one. And some discreet species like this Quaker take time to be seen!
Excellent sharpness and fine contrasting colors. I would eventually have left a little bit less space in front of the butterfly.
Kind regards

WOW Impressive butterfly Samiran! Impressive photo too! Excellent composition, wonderful BG, fantastic lighting and very good sharpness!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-11-13 6:01]

Hi Samiran
Nice capture so the first posting on TN of that species is a succes.Good point of view and sharp image colours and light are great
TFS Michel

Hello Samiran

Congratulations for this first one on TN,
excellent photo with fine POV and framing,
great focus, sharpness and details, TFS


Ciao Samiran. Impressive detaisl and sharp. Excellent contrast so like details and sharp.


This is another beautiful butterfly, lucky you and seems your village is bringing lot many species,good capture.TFS

Hello Samiran,
Nice capture with perfect sharpness and details,nice depth and beautiful POV.
TFS and my regards_Joy

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