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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-W5
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of India 2, Beautiful Butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-30 12:08
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Commander (Limenitis procris) is a medium sized, strikingly coloured Nymphalid butterfly found in Asia. It is notable for the mode of concealment employed by its caterpillar and the cryptic camouflage of its pupa.

The Commander has a wingspan of about 6 to 7.5 cm. The upperside of its wings are a bright reddish brown. Towards the centre of the wing are broad white spots. In flight, one can see a bright red brown butterfly with a white band forming a 'V shape'. There are also a few white spots scattered on the wings. Its hindwings have crenulated margins. The undersides of the wings are a whitish gray toward the base and have a row of dull reddish brown and a row of black spots along the margins. The male and female are similar in appearance.

The Commander is generally found in forested regions having moderate to heavy rainfall. It usually keeps to low elevations, that is, up to 3000 feet into the hills.

The Commander is fond of open glades, roadsides and clearings in forests. It is abundant along water courses in dry and moist deciduous forests. It is also found close to villages or wherever it's larval host-plant Mussaenda frondosa is to be found. It is most common in the post-monsoon months and winter.

The Commander has a swift flight with rapid wingbeats and alternate spurts of smooth gliding. A powerful flier, it nevertheless flies for short distances at a time. Being wary, it maintains its distance and is best caught when engrossed in mud-puddling or feeding from flowers. It can often be spotted basking with its wings pressed flat on exposed stones in streambeds. It regularly visits flowers from low-lying herbs to high up in the trees.

It settles down on an exposed perch high up in the trees during the heat of the day. At this time it can be seen defending its territory and driving intruding butterflies away.

Scientific classification :
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Limenitidinae
Genus: Limenitis
Species: L. procris

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Hi Sumon,
That is an excellent frame filling shot of the Commander Butterfly. A perfect specimen with beautiful colors and patterns, Flawless wings shown in good sharp detail. I only get to see these on trips to a nearby butterfly house.
Very nice camera work here.
Happy New Year,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-30 12:22]
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Hello Sumon,
Though the BG is a bit busy, this is an excellent shot of this nymphalid.
This is sharp and the butterfly has the classic 'set' pose seen in collections. Were it not for the BG this would be a text book presentation.
TFS, regards, Ivan

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-30 12:34]
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Hi Sumon,
Really a beautiful butterfly. Perfect pov, details, colours and exposure. Congratulation!
José M.

nice colors good focus great composition.

A quintessential picture!
Not only the butterfly is in perfect focus and DOF, but a big world is seen around and in th BG.
I like it very much.

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-12-30 14:30]
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Hi Sumon,
A beautiful butterfly and in a for TN unusual POV or composition.
Excelent details, but the leftpart is beter than the right wich is a bit overexposed.
The background that is also in focus might make the photo a bit busy. But of course you don`t have so much time when portraiting a butterfly! :) Colors are wonderful!
Well done and TFS

Hello Sumon.
You have done an excellent job here, I like it. Very easy on the eye, with pleasing color combinations. Nicely exposed, vibrant color and sharp detail.
Well done & Happy New Year!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-30 15:38]
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Very beautiful macro Sumon with intense colors and great sharpness.

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

I like it: framing (something centered and symmetrical), frame (too loaded for such a colorful image).

I don't like it: nothing to grumble.

Excellent post, thank you for sharing.
Namaskar... Ricardo

Hi Sumon

Very nice work. Love the composition. Good colours. Well done. I wish you and your family all the best for 2007! :-)

What a beautiful butterfly, Sumon.
Perfect POV showing all the markings and colors in sharp details.
Excellent exposure, especially with the white band against the dark colors.
Very nice composition with the butterfly framed by the flowers.
TFS. : )

Hi Sumon, wonderful butterfly and a splendid composition of flowers, great details and amazing colors, very well done, * Happy New Year * to you and your family.
Ciao Silvio

Hello Sumon,
This is a very beautiful capture of this butterfly. I really like the way he spreads his wings and this centered composition works great here. You caught excellent details with good exposure, lightning and sharpness. This is beautiful! Have a great New Year and TFS,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-12-31 7:26]
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WOW!!! What a wonderful picture!
Perfect sharpness, color, lighting, COMPOSITION...
Excellent information also.
Really gorgeus, Sumon.
Happy New Year!
Best wishes

Well, I bet you are proud of this shot. It is really nice. This butterfly really spread his wings for you didn't he? It is a wonderfully sharp image. I like it.

I wish you
lots more photo opportunities like this in 2007!

Evelynn : )

belle photo,bonne netteté,belles couleurs,bonne année.
Amitiés Thomas

Intreresante galería bellas fotos y maravillosos colores, Excelente amigo Sumon... muchas felicidades

Hermosa mariposa Sumon. La composición estupenda, buena luz y agradables colores, que se combinan con los tonos pastel de las flores que la rodean.
Una verdadera belleza amigo.
Saludos, JL.

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2007-01-04 10:31]
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Hola Sumon:
Bellìsima! Has capturado admirablemente la imàgen de esta linda mariposa, con gran nitidez, profundidad, muy buena luz, lindos colores y un encuadre perfecto. Tambièn me gustan las flores que componen este cuadro.
Bravo Sumon! ¡Congratulaciones!
Un saludo desde Argentina.

Hi Sumon,
That is an excellent frame filling shot of the Commander Butterfly.
Happy New Year.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-11 4:47]

Hi Sumon

What a wonderful butterfly!
This is simply impressive! The colors and pattern on the wings of this one here are amazing and fantastic!
The pose you managed to capture it in is also excellent - with its wins perfectly opened - and therefore the POV is great.
I also like the impeccable sharpness of the details and the very good exposure management here!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Sumon,
Amazing macro.
The details are overwhelming and the colors great.

Hola Sumon.
Magnifica imagen de esa bella mariposa.Saludos.

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-06-04 21:03]

Felicidades Sumon,por tan bella mariposa,es un regalo a la vista ver tanta delicadeza y color.Saludos

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