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The Plain Tiger (1) (Danaus chrysippus)

The Plain Tiger (1) (Danaus chrysippus)
Photo Information
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: 2006-12-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/7.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 70-79 Puntos (chapter 2), Butterflies of Asia, My Butterflies ( From Chattisgarh), Beautiful Butterflies, Butterflies with minimum 50 points & above, Gems from India [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-08 6:25
Viewed: 7717
Points: 84
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The butterfly posted here is Plain Tiger.

Wingspan 60-80 mm. The sexes are similar. The male can be identified by the scent patch on the second vein of the hind wing. On the upper side, it appears as a large black patch towards the center of the wing, and on the underside, as a white centered black patch.

There are three different forms of the Plain Tiger, of which the commonest is shown here. The other two forms are rare. Form dorippus lacks the white apical spots on the forewing. In form alcippoides, the upper side of the hind wing is suffused with a large white area.

Similar species
Female Danaid Eggfly - The wing margins are serrated and the upper side of the hind wing carries a single black spot. A remarkably good mimic of the Plain Tiger and has forms that correspond to form Dorippus and Alcippoides, which are just as rare.

Status, distribution and habitat
A common butterfly of the arid, dry and intermediate zones, less commonly encountered in the wet zone. Its habitats include fallow land, coastal dunes, scrub jungle, neglected coconut lands and farmsteads. In fact, anywhere in which its principal larval food plant, Calotropis gigantea, grows. It is seen all year round but never in large numbers.

It has a characteristic slow meandering flight and moves forward with a few wing beats followed by a spell of gliding. Although it flies at all heights, it is commonly encountered within a few feet above ground. Unlike the other Danaids in the island which fly in dappled shade, the Plain Tiger is an insect of the blazing sun and prefers to stay around large open fields, even during the hottest time of the day when others have retired to the shady thickets. It visits flowers regularly for nectar. The male is not particularly fond of visiting mud puddles or wet soil. As evening approaches, it often congregates with other Danaids to roost under the canopy of large trees.

This is an unpalatable poisonous species, avoided both by birds and lizards. The chemical substances that deter the predators are mostly assimilated by the larva and then passed on to the adult through the pupa.

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Beautiful shot of D. chrysippus. Very good sharpnes and composition. Interesting contrast beetwen the relatively dark butterfly and light vivid flower.
Best wishes

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-08 6:45]

Hello Pankaj,
Striking colours in this very beautiful shot.
Excellent focus of the butterfly and the background is just pefect to bring forward the subject.
TFS, Ulla

Hello Pankaj,
Excellent shot. Nice POV, excellent details. S.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-08 7:04]

Hello Pankaj,
This shot has all the attributes of a good butterfly portrait, but best of all is the contrast between the Plain Tiger and the BG.
Well done,
Best wishes, Ivan

Hi Pankaj,
WOW! this is an excellent shot on the Plain Tiger. Very rich and beautiful colors. Nice sharp detail. The DOF was perfect to get the butterfly and flower, yet have a nice OOF backround.

Hello Pankaj,
Colors are beautiful...
Good compo and sharpness...

Hi Pankaj,
This is great.
Very nice color.
Well done.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-08 9:13]

Hi Pankaj

Another superb composition from you!
This butterfly looks very beautiful on this flower. The colors everywhere are lovely and well saturated, the details excellently sharp, and the DOF impecable.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Pankaj,
A beauty well shown. Great pov, dof, and sharpness. Also informative note. Very well done and TFS.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-12-08 9:46]

Hello Pankaj,
a sharp presentation of D. chrysippus in its natural colours. Composition of the picture is pretty good with respect to structure and geometry. The right part appears a litle bit too dark, so that the antennae disappear in the background.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-12-08 9:49]

Hi Pankaj

This beautiful butterfly and the stunning flower are in absolute competition and I still wonder which of the two are the most gorgeous. Both are brilliantly coloured and the details are magnificent.

The composition is great, the BG is well removed and compliments the subjects, and the exposure was spot on.

Great work and TFS.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-08 10:30]

Stunningly sharp details, Pankaj.
The details on the wings show up so crisp.
The exposure is perfect and the colors are gorgeous.
Excellent composition and POV of this tiger butterfly.
TFS. : )

Hello Pankaj,

Excllent work, great details very crisp, Nice composed and capture photo, Perfect details very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo,
Excllent work

TFS Kyle

Now that's what I call a perfect picture of a Plain Tiger, Pankaj. You have turned into a deft butterfly expert, thanks to your garden of marigolds :-)!
The image is faultless and is endowed with all the qualities that make a perfect shot.
Well done and keep shooting!

tres beau ce dalmatien dequisé en papillon.
je plaisante bien sur!
la photo est tres belle tout comme ce papillon.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-08 13:05]

Hi Pankaj,
Beautiful butterfly with wonderful colors. The flower is very appropriate for this bt. Interesting to know that this butterfly is poisonous and it happens.
TFS, José M.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-08 13:36]

Hi Pankaj.
This is really excellent capture.Specially lighting and colours are amazing. Composition,POV,DOF.............all are perfect.Well done,great work!
Congratulate and thanks for sharing.
Regards Milos

Hi Pankaj
Excellent colors, dtails, composition and framing.
Great shot of this butterfly.
Regards and TFS

Hi friend
Excellent DOF, too, isolating the subject very well from the BG!
The colors are lovely and the exposure in very well managed! Take care Ana:)


great job,
lovely colors,
great mix,


Hello Pankaj,
I think this specie looks a bit like our Monarch by its colors and shape... As usual, this is a beautiful capture with excellent details, POV, composition and great colorful BG and environment. This orange color is so nice... Thanks,

Hi Pankaj, lovely composition, optimal focus, great sharpness, wonderful colors, well done, ciao Silvio

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-12-09 9:29]

hello pankaj
you are presenting beautiful "plain tiger" butterfly photo. composition, point of view, depth of field, colours, focus, sharpness, details and frame are great

Wow! Awesome Photo !Love the bright color and the POV, and great Macro shot..nice work TFS
Donna :o)

thanks for your comment on my photo "December Storm -4 " :o)

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-09 13:50]

It continues being increased your portfolio of butterflies Pankaj, with another macro of great level.

I like it a lot: composition, colors, POV, DOF, focus, sharpness, background, lighting, framing, notes.

I don't like it: nothing.

Compo full of colors very well resolved.
Namaskar... Ricardo

Hi Pankaj

Wow... this is an excellent shot. No complaints here! TFS.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-09 21:58]

Hello pankaj

This is a beautiful image of this butterfly.The colours are vivid and well saturated.The composition on the flower is very well done.Excellent POV and DOF.The details are sharp.Great job.TFS


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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2006-12-09 23:04]

I think this is outstanding photo of your butterfly. The beautiful colors of the butterfly are well saturated and it is a very nice composition.

There is excellent detail in the butterfly wings, but it seems that you may have run noise filter and it flattened the details a little. But it is still outstanding photo!

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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2006-12-10 2:18]

Parfait splendide, beaux détails


Witaj Pankaj!
Dawno do ciebie nie zagladalam, a tu takie pieknosci! Doskonaly kadr,POV i DOF.
Gratuluje i pozdrawiam serdecznie - Roma

Hi Pankaj,
Another great picture of butterfly out of your gallery.
Sharp and very neat image.
Well composed and nicely framed.
Superb shot.

Ben Lakitan

Hi Pankaj,

This is a very beautiful shot.
The sharpness, BG and composition are excellent.
And the colours on both the butterfly and flower are very lovely and vivid.
I like it, it's beautiful!

Greetings, Nel

Very nice macro!
Beautiful colours, good detail and nice framing.
Thanks for sharing!

some folks here will see a butterfly
i see a good photograph of a butterfly with all the things which i like in photography in general..well presented subject in good lighting with sharpness and detail and presented in a well thought out manner
your fuji certainly can put out a top image

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-12-13 9:23]

Hi Pankaj
Good close-up shot again. Good colours, light, sharpnes and POV.
Well done mf.


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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2007-03-11 2:22]

Hi Pankaj,
this butterfy is really intersting, it is colored as tiger. It seems it choose flower color according to its wings. Perfect composition and colors. Excellent shot!
Have a nice day

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-05-21 18:45]

Hola Pankajbajpai, Mefascina tan bella foto,la nitides del color,lograste una linda captura... Saludos

  • martic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 179 W: 1 N: 159] (1327)
  • [2007-08-06 4:26]

Hello Pankaj,
Very nice picture with full details and colors, I like it

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-08-18 17:42]

HI Pankaj!
Very sharp and nicely composed photo, pretty and vivid colors and great light managment!TFS!

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  • Jeruel (29)
  • [2007-08-22 2:44]

Wow! Such a sharp take you got here. Nicely done, pankajbajpai.

Hello Pankaj,
Flower and butterfly are real eye-catchers here!
The insect has been captured with super details, patterns and colours are very well reproduced...
Macro work has been well done, lovely composition!
Pablo -

Nice picture with beautifull colors and perfect sharpness.I like the frame and the positioning of the butterfly very much!

Hi Pankaj,

very good shot, excellent sharpness and colors.



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