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Acraea terpsicore

Acraea terpsicore
Photo Information
Copyright: Karthik JP (jpnature) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 0 N: 66] (955)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-12-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D5100, AF-S DX Nikkor 55–200mm/4–5.6G ED
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-12-15 7:03
Viewed: 1674
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Tawny Coster (Acraea terpsicore) is a small leathery winged butterfly which is common in grassland and scrub habitats. It belongs to the Nymphalidae or brush-footed butterfly family. It has a weak fluttery flight. It is avoided by most insect predators. This species and the Yellow Coster Acraea issoria are the only two Indian representatives of the predominantly African tribe Acraeini.

Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Arthropoda
Class : Insecta
Order : Lepidoptera
Family : Nymphalidae
Tribe : Acraeini
Genus : Acraea
Species : A.terpsicore

Binomial name : Acraea terpsicore


Upperside tawny. Fore wing: a transverse black spot in cell, and another irregular, oblique and broader at the disco-cellulars ; a discal series of spots in interspaces 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10, and the apex and termen black. The upper four spots of the discal series inclined obliquely outwards, the lower two obliquely inwards ; the black edging to apex and termen narrowing posteriorly, but with slender linear-projections inwards in the interspaces. Hind wing: a basal series of four or five black spots with a similar spot beyond in middle of cell and a subcostal black spot above it, followed by a discal series of obscure blackish spots and a minute postdiscal black dot in interspaces 4 and 6 respectively ; finally, a broad black terminal band medially traversed by a series of small spots of the ground-colour. Most of the macular black markings are obscure, being only the spots on the underside seen by the transparency of the wing-membrane ; the inner edge of the black terminal band crenulate.


Similar to that of the male. Upperside: ground-colour duller; the black spots on fore and hind wings larger, the upper discal spots often coalescing and forming an irregular oblique short band; the black edging to apex and termen on the fore wing and the black terminal band on the hind wing proportionately broader, the spots traversing the latter larger and whitish.

Underside: ground-colour much paler and duller, markings as on the upperside and, as in the male, the spots on the hind wing better defined than on the upperside, Antennae, bead, thorax and abdomen as in the male.

Wing expanse of 53–64 mm.


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hallo karthik
super good sharpness and beautiful colours
nice composition to
thanks greetin g lou

Ciao Karthik, great macro of lovely butterfly, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2013-12-15 8:52]

Hola Karthik, hermosa foto con un color, composicició y entorno excelentes; me gusta el agrgado del agua en la foto...saludos.

Hello Karthik,
Beautiful POV with splendid colour and details.Nice pose of this butterfly.Well depth.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice day tomorrow,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-12-15 11:35]

A great capture of this small beauty not often seen on TN,i like the great wings details despite the difficult position,very bright colors too,a great gift to the butterflies fans like me.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano.

Hello Karthik
Wonderful capture and well presented too.
Light, sharpness and composition is beautiful.
dew drops is additional bonus.
best wishes.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-12-15 19:26]

Good image of this colorful species sitting pretty on curved grass blade..I see few dew drops which adds beauty. tfs.

Hello karthik
照的清晰 很漂亮的蝴蝶
第一次見到這品種 很新奇
尤其是它的色彩很華麗 在清晨有露水的時候照到
站在一根草上 很有美麗的意境
構圖美麗 背景深遂

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-12-16 5:46]

Hello Karthik
such a lovely butterfly shot in its best view, The colors are splendid and the sharpness is excellent.
Pleasant smooth green background.
Exciting presentation.


Hello Karthik,
Nice catch with fine details and true colours saturation.

Just an inteersting coloured one Karthik! Top quality. TFS.


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