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The Commander (4)
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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: 2006-12-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/340 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of India 2, Butterfly, I love [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-24 0:22
Viewed: 3701
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another shot of the commander butterfly.

The Commander 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.

The Commander 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.

Silvio2006, jcoowanitwong, star74, XOTAELE, elefantino, uleko, RAP, Adanac, JORAPAVI, dew77, ramthakur, fiyo has marked this note useful
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Hi Pankaj, great Commander with great focus and sharpness, beautifl composition with wonderful colors, BELLISSIMA!
Ciao Silvio

Hello Pankaj,
Great sharpness and color contrast. Beautiful picture under bright sunshine. Spectacular light shines through this Commander's wings. Very well done and tfs.

Hi Pankaj,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful butterfly.
Excellent details,colors and clarity.
Nice job.

hi Pankaj

splendid butterfly a superb clearness of the colors splendid and a composition impecable cheer


Unbelieveble DOF in this shot!
Great sharpness, details and low POV.
Nice to see pics like that!!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-24 4:33]

Hello Pankaj,
Beautiful sunny shot! Butterfly in very nice pose, pretty sharp and in lovely colours. The background of yellow flowers is fitting too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-24 7:43]

Un interesante contraluz bien controlado Pankaj con buenos detalles de la mariposa a pesar del entorno tan cargado.
El foco se percibe muy exacto a pesar del escaso DOF con el detalle de la llamativa probóscide semi desplegada.
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

An interesting backlighting well controlled Pankaj with good details of the butterfly in spite of the so loaded environment.
The focus is perceived very exact in spite of scarce DOF with the detail of the showy proboscis semi deployed.
A cordial greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-01-24 8:16]

Hello Pankaj,
The colors and the POV is very good. Very good sharpness, focus and details. Well done.TFS

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-01-24 8:18]

Hi Pankaj,
This is such a beautiful warm and sunny capture. It has great appeal with its' color, composition and details all so great.

Hola Pankaj,
La composición es extraordinaria, con buena luminosidad, gran nitidez y bello colorido. Saludos

Hello Pankaj,

Excllent colors bg POv DOF perfect details very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo excllent I really like the way you framed this photo excllent work

TFS Kyle

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-01-24 9:38]

Hello Pankaj
Excellent colorful picture with a great sharpness and composition! I love it.
Thank you very much for sharing
Best wishes

With lots of attractive flowers around the subject, this picture reminds me of ... myself, Pankaj :-)!
Well, that is in a lighter vein.
To come to the point, it is an excellent capture of the Commander -- an exceptionally good looking butterfly. The profile view from lower perspective throws the entire wing facing the camera into a fine relief along with sharp focus on the face. The curly proboscis or tongue or whatever it is called looks terrific in this shot.
A well balanced colourful composition.

Fantástica macro Pankaj. Muy agradable esta presentación con un encuadre acertado. Tu nota es bastante ilustrativa.
Un saludo, JL

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-01-24 17:56]

Hello Pankaj,very nice shot;
colors,lighting,POV,framing,sharpness and composition are perfect.TFS

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-25 22:12]

Hello Pankaj

Super shot of this beautiful butterfly.Amazing detail in the antennae posts and probiscus.The BG of flowers is wonderful.Great job.TFS


Hello Pankaj,
I saw that I missed this beautiful one. I love those tones of colors a lot. Details, pose from the butterfly, POV and composition are just superb. I also like this lightning and great environment he’s in. Well done and thanks,

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-02-15 13:08]

What a stunning picture of this butterfly. The details, saturation and colours are all amazing and the POV excellent. The composition is spot on it really is.
Very nicely done and TFS

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