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Danaid Eggfly (Hypolimnas misippus)

Danaid Eggfly (Hypolimnas misippus)
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Copyright: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/3.1, 1/220 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Chattisgarh
Theme(s): Butterflies of India 2, Butterflies of Asia, My Butterflies ( From Chattisgarh), Beautiful Butterflies, Butterflies with minimum 50 points & above, Butterflies By pankaj Bajpai, Gems from India, Butterfly Encyclopedia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-08 4:54
Viewed: 9313
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
God is so kind these days providing me opprotunities to shoot these beautiful butterflies.

I never thought that butterflies could be so beautiful till i found treknature. Today I got this butterfly sitting on a bush and took some shots.This is Hypolimnas misippus.

Hypolimnas is a genus of tropical brush-footed butterflies commonly known as eggflies or diadems. The genus contains approximately 23 species, most of which are found in Africa, Asia, and Oceania. One species, the Danaid Eggfly (H. misippus), is noted for its exceptionally wide distribution across five continents; it is the only Hypolimnas species found in the Americas.

Eggflies are known for their marked sexual dimorphism and Batesian mimicry of poisonous milkweed butterflies (Danainae). For example, the Danaid Eggfly mimics Danaus chrysippus while the Great Eggfly (H. bolina) mimics the Australian Crow (Euploea core). In each case, the eggfly mimics the danainid's markings, thus adopting the latter's distasteful reputation to predators without being poisonous itself.

It is an inhabitant of open country with moderate rainfall. It is a strong and fast flier. The Male is more common than The Female. The Male is highly territorial and often found basking in the sun by resting on bushes or ground with continuous slow movement of wings to the sides. It visits flowers of Lantana, Common Zinnia, Ceylon Carissa, Sunflower, Aztec Marigold, Bachelor's Button, Golden Groundsel, Vipersbugloss, etc. It is also known as the Common Eggfly and the Diadem.


As per the suggestions regarding the composition I have posted a workshop with composition where the butterfly is located on one side of the picture insted of centered one. I would surely welcome your suggestions regarding the two compositions with your liking of them.

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My God, this is as perfect a picture as perfect can be, Pankaj! You have graduated to one of the ace photographers on this site, youngman. Congratulations!
I shot some eggfly species in Mumbai this year, but this one is absolutely one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. What colours and designs! Moreover, you have managed the view on both sides of its lovely wings.
Superb POV, DOF, sharpness and colours.
150/100 points from me :-)!

Hi Pankaj,
Wonderful contrast in colours on the butterfly and so sharp.
Great shot,

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-11-08 6:07]
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Hi Pankaj.
I like this composition with very clean and fine details and beautiful colours.Used POV offers pretty view of upper also underside wings.Very good DOF and perfect sharpness.
Really excellent capture!
Greetings Milos

Hello Pankaj
Very nice shot of eggfly,
Perfect focusing and colors,
I don't like the framing.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-11-08 6:34]
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Hello Pankaj,
Wonderful capture of this Hypolimnas in an unusual, very nice, pose showing upper- and underwings clearly. Nice background and beautiful colours in this very nice composition. (Only I myself would have cropped it on the right to place the butterfly slightly off-centre´.)
Many thanks, Ulla

wow!! beautiful in deed!! What an amazing macro shot with an awesome DOF, great sharp colors, love the framing as well. TFS
Donna :o)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-11-08 7:01]
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Perfect DOF, Pankaj!
Infact, everything except comp is perfect in this Eggfly shot except perhaps the comp, which could have been a little better if you hd placed the butterfly a little to the right.
Maybe I'm being too fussy!
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-11-08 7:03]
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Beautiful fly&beautiful butterfly.Nice POV&DOF!!!

Hi Pankaj,
A nice picture of a a beautiful butterfly. The details and sharpness are very good. Lovely colours and nice POV.
Agree with Ivan about the compostion, it's a bit centred.
Well done.

Un papillon net sur une si large plage, c'est plutôt rare.
Bonne journée.

Hi Pankaj...
I like it when a butterfly is depicted completely sharp.
Very good here!

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-11-08 10:25]
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Hello Pankaj,
this image brings up that looking at butterflies is like looking at a picture book. If you look at the outside (upperparts) you want to see the inside (underparts). You captured both of them in one picture, and in a beautiful way. The light on the underside of the wing is bright and shows the details well. Good work, Jacob

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-11-08 11:59]
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Hi Pankaj,

An excellent capture of this colorfull butterfly,you captured it with a nice POV,the colors and sharpness are very good,well done and TFS


encore une tres belle photo de papillon,evec un fond presque parfait(il y a un leger bruit).belles couleurs et bonne netteté.l'expo est bien egalement.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-08 13:19]
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Muy bella macro Pankaj con gran punto de vista que permite ver ambos lados de las alas de tu modelo.
Me agrada el DOF y foco obtenidos con buena difusión del fondo.
Sólo criticaría que la mariposa se encuentra algo centrada, aunque la percha saliendo del vértice rompe ese efecto y el marco algo grueso para mi gusto personal.
Un gran saludo... Ricardo

Very nice macro Pankaj with great point of view that allows to see both sides of your model's wings.
I like DOF and focus obtained with good diffusion of the bottom.
Only I would criticize that the butterfly is something centered, although the hanger leaving the vertex breaks that effect and the frame something thick for my personal pleasure.
Best greeting... Ricardo

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-11-08 13:45]
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Maravillosa esta foto y genial colorido, agradable compo y bg. saludos

Otra gran belleza llena de colorido, muy buena la luz y el enfoque. Un cordial saludo

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  • Lemy58 (66)
  • [2006-11-08 15:49]
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Superbe macro aux couleurs éclatantes. C'est bien net et le cadrage "carré" convient très bien. Bravo

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-11-08 16:18]
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Hi Pankaj
Beautiful sharp butterfly shot. Good colours, sharpnes, details, light and POV.
Well done


An all round stunning image - well done.

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2006-11-08 22:21]
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Wow, really beautiful colors and species. Very nice between the green leafs and BG.
TFS Pankaj.

Hello Pankaj,
A beautiful butterfly image!
Macro work is very well done, as DOF is spot on and resulting in sharp fine details in the insect...
Well composed in a pleasant presentation!
Pablo -

Hi Pankaj,
Great shot, lovely colors. Great DoF, very sharp and nice blurry BG. Well composed picture with square almost format. Very well done.

Ben Lakitan

Hello Pankaj,
You really have a great talent to photograph butterflies. This one is so nice, really. I have no negative points to mention and I like this central pose. Everything is so lovely IMO! Those details, lighting, POV, DOF, composition and colors are just perfect! I also like your lovely BG; I guess it is becoming one of your trade mark ;) Well done again with interesting notes. TFS,
Thanks also for your nice comment about my 100th picture.

Hi Pankaj,
Wonderful contrast in colours on the butterfly and so sharp. At the same time we can see top view and side view. 50-50!
Great shot,

Très beau papillon,les couleurs sont douces et jolie,l' angle est joli aussi. Thomas

tres joli tableau aux couleurs tres nettes de ce papillon.
bel encadrement ce qui fait un joli tableau

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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2006-11-09 15:35]
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Bon contraste, belles couleurs image splendide


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-11-09 16:46]
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hola Pankaj.- Una bella foto. Muy nitida y con colores muy bellos. Saludos Luis52.

Hi Pankaj,
This is an excellent shot on this Eggfly. A spot on exposure has beautiful color saturation. Very sharp detail in the butterfly, yet a nice OOF backround of green foliage to show the butterfly so well.

Hello Pankaj,
very beautiful pose, well captured from a good distance.
To my taste, the border could be less dominant to allow more concentration on that very pleasant, subtly coloured image. All the information written into the frame is equally well available in the text of this TN site next to this lovely picture.
Perfect notes.
Thank you!
Best regards,

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  • servin (56)
  • [2006-11-13 16:09]
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bonsoir pankaj,

très beau se papillon, le cadrage est parfait, le sujet est net, les couleurs sont belles.
j'aime beaucoup ta gallerie.

amicalement vinciane

Hi Pankaj,
Beautiful image!
Great composition with sharp detail and great colours.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi pankaj ,
excellent shot . it has very good sharp and beautiful colors.

Dear friend,
God is indeed kind to MANKIND. But we are (WE) killing
each other in name of this or that.???
Your capture of this BEAUTIFUL piece of work is simply put:
Mario. P.S. I saw a lot of these in GOA India.

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2010-05-12 23:42]

Hello Pankaj,
a jewel of precision!



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