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Fly on Flower

Fly on Flower
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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: 2007-01-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/4, 1/210 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of India 2, Butterfly, I love [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-19 21:42
Viewed: 3844
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lemon Emigrant


Wingspan 55-80mm. A very variable pan-tropical species.

Similar species

Mottled Emigrant. This is a much smaller species. The underside is variable, but is always marked with very fine greenish to reddish brown strigae. There are often a few ocelli at the center of the hindwing.

Status, distribution and habitat

A common, widely distributed species. It occurs from sea level to 1500 feet elevation. If found above this elevation, it is probably migrating. It is commonest in the dry and intermediate zones and appears in large numbers during the pre-monsoonal periods. It is found everywhere, including urban areas.

It has a strong bouncy flight, similar to that of the Great Orange Tip. Though it flies high up in the canopy of tall trees like the Great Orange Tip, it is more often seen visiting the flowers of small trees and bushes, or even small herbs such as Tridax which is just a foot off ground. It is a generalist and will feed on the nectar of wild flowers or those of introduced species without much discrimination. It is a somewhat shy and wary and will usually fly away on approach. Unlike most other whites, both sexes mud-sip in hot weather.

Early stages

The larva feeds on a wide range of species belonging to the Leguminoseae. The eggs are laid singly on the tender leaves or freshly emerging vegetative buds of the host plant.

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Beautiful detail and colours. So well captured.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-19 22:51]

Hello Pankaj

Simply beautiful.The pink colour of the flower is very similar to the pink on this butterfly.Excellent composition,with razor sharp detail.Excellent,well saturated colours.Great job.TFS


This is another beauty Pankaj. I love the green butterfly against the pink of the flower. Nice work.

Evelynn : )

Hi Pankaj, wonderful green butterfly, great sharpness and splendid details, lovely composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-20 4:45]

Hello Pankaj,
Another beauty from you, though familiar to us by now.
This shot is sharp and up to your ususal standard, the BG perhaps being a little too busy and distracting this time.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-20 5:33]

Hi Pankaj

This is another beautiful capture from you!
The colors and patterns on this charming butterfly's wings are very well visible thanks to the excellent POV and the great focus.
The Capture here is also enhanced by the very good contrast between the colors of the b-fly and the flower it is on.
The composition is also great and teh framing is nice.
Great work!

Bravo and TFS

Splendid details on the wing, Pankaj.
The pink tone of the flower the subject is perched on is reflected on its face and antennae too. Some strange phenomenon of light at work here, I presume.
Overall a great composition from an effective POV.

Hi pankaj ,
great colors with excellent sharpness.
well composed and nice BG.
thanks for sharing dear pankaj .

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-01-20 7:26]

Hello Pankaj,
Superb details and color in this capture, just another excellent shot Pankaj, thanks.

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer [C: 191 W: 0 N: 10] (173)
  • [2007-01-20 9:44]

merhaba pankaj;
good photo selamlar

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-01-20 13:52]

Hello Pankaj,
Wonderful capture.POV,colors,sharpness and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-01-20 17:57]

hello pankaj
you are presenting another beautiful butterfly photo from your portfolio. composition, point of view, colours, details and framing are great

Hello Pankaj,
Very good details and I like the colour contrast with the pink flower!
Good point of view and pleasant textures are captured in the butterfly...
Nice composition and educational note!
Pablo -

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-21 11:40]

Hi Pankaj.
Beautiful close-up.I like POV and pretty details textures on wings.Colours are amazing and combination colours butterfy and flowers are very pleasant.Also very nice composition.
Well done,TFS.
Best greetings Milos

hi Pankaj
C'est une jolie présentation du papillon,belles couleurs et bonne netteté.c'est tres bien fait.
Merci et au revoir...JP
Les sourires demain

even here with predominant green wing there is some camouflaging in the spots..
softly lit suits the delicate tones
sharp and well composed

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-22 8:04]

Efectiva captura Pankaj con escaso DOF y tenue iluminación que permite apreciar bellos detalles de la mariposa con buen foco y apropiado OOF del fondo a pesar de su luminosidad.
Me gusta el encuadre elegido con la mariposa bien descentrado dentro de la escena.
Cordialmente... Ricardo

Effective capture Pankaj with scarce DOF and delicate illumination that it allows to appreciate beautiful details of the butterfly with good focus and appropriate OOF of the bottom in spite of its brightness.
I like the elected framing with the butterfly very uncentered inside the scene.
Cordially... Ricardo

Muy buenas
Muy buena esta mariposa, en detalle, colorido, bien captada.
Un saludo.

Nice detailed pic of lemon Emigrant.


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