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Caper White

Caper White
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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: 2006-12-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/420 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of India 2, Butterfly, I love, Butterflies By pankaj Bajpai, Butterfly Encyclopedia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-28 22:26
Viewed: 5577
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Belenois java teutonia (Fabricius) (Caper White)

This butterfly has its origins in Africa where a large number of morphologically similar species occur. The butterfly belongs in the Anaphaeis subgeneric group, the name which this butterfly used to be known as. This subgroup contains members that undertake major mass migrations. In Africa the major member is Belenois(Anaphaeis) aurota which annually undertakes migrations during summer-autumn in a northeast direction.

This butterfly has historically made its way to India, and from there probably made its way via Indonesia to Australia where it is now represented by B. java.

The male and female butterflies can occur in either a pale or dark colour form, and both forms can occur together in the one population at the same time, and both forms reach South Australia during migrations from northern areas of Australia.

The different colour forms are most obvious in the females, whereby the female pale form is similar to the male, while the female dark form has variable amounts of black or dark brown colouration on the outer half of the wings, and the inner half of the underside of the forewing is bright yellowish orange.

The darker forms seem to be a product of a cool breeding period, particularly during winter, which causes a lengthening of the brood period (particularly the pupation period) resulting in increased melanin (black) pigment.

It is a strong migrant, and every spring, numbers of these butterflies will fly south from northern breeding grounds helped by the hot northerly winds that occur at that time. They sometimes fly over the sea reaching islands adjacent to Australia, although they have yet to make it to New Zealand. Females are both gravid and fertile during these migrations and will stop to lay eggs on hostplants if they happen upon them. The numbers in these migrations can be immense, attracting attention from the public who often think it is a plague of Cabbage Whites descending upon them.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-28 22:31]

Hello Pankaj

Wow,super sharp image with excellent details.This is a beautiful butterfly that really stands out well against that flower.The POV and DOF are well handled ,the colours are vivid.Excellent composition and frame job.TFS


Hi Pankaj

Wow... great image! Details shown are sharp and very clear. The lovely colours in the flora make this shot pop! Good job! TFS.

Fantastic clarity of detail, beautiful work.

A beautiful specimen, good detail and solid pose, nice work.


Hello Pankaj,
Wow, what a beauty! I am seeing this butterfly for the first time, so I am excited about it. You have got only the half wing in view from this perspective, but what a lovely half wing! Delightful shades of black, white, grey and cream.
Well done and keep it up.

Magnifiques couleurs et angle de vue intéressant.
Bonne journée.

Hola Pankaj.
Bonita mariposa la que nos mustras, muy bien de nitidez y colorido.
Un saludo

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-29 4:44]

Hola Pankaj,
bello pov. y luminosa escena, bellos detalles y precioso encuadre... saludos

Hello Pankaj,
I like this unusual POV and the great pose of this butterfly. Details are amazing as always with excellent composition, colors and lightning. This is beautiful! Well done and thanks,

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-01-29 7:07]

hi pankaj,

ça c'est une macro!
une vue plongeante sur la vie de ce papilllon, avec de très bons détails.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-01-29 9:33]

Wow! Perfect!
Excellent sharpness, colors, dof, pov and composition... Everything is wonderful.
I love how details on wings-pattern are shown.
Magnificent presentation and information also.
Is Caper White its common name?
Best wishes

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-29 10:33]

Hello Pankaj,
Beautiful capture of this lovely white butterfly, the pattern of the wings being very sharp and beautiful. I like the contrasting bright orange background too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-29 10:34]

Hello Pankaj,
Great presentation of this pierid butterfly: sharp , fine POV, comp. and contrast with the tagetes flower.
Well done and TFS,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-01-29 10:51]

Hello Pankaj,
This photo is superb, it has fantastic detail, brilliant color and wonderful composition.

superbe macro belle netteté et très beau cadrage bravo


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-29 12:54]

Hi Pankaj

Another terrific macro from you!
The details on this beautiful white butterfly are gorgeous and razor-sharp and i really love the good contrast between the white are yellow.
I also like the lighting here - comming from the side and also very pleasant and intensity - and it gives a nice game of shadows and lights over the entire shot.
Great framing and composition, too.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Pankaj, great butterfly with splendid details and wonderful colors, very well done, BRAVISSIMO! ciao Silvio

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-29 18:10]

Otra bella imagen Pankaj con un POV inusual pero efectivo en este caso mostrando muy buenos detalles de la mariposa con agradable contraste con la flor.
La iluminación creo que es algo elevada con colores saturados e intensos.
El foco es correcto con buena profundidad.
Me gusta el encuadre que elegiste estrecho pero adecuado para la composición.
Gracias y saludos... Ricardo

Another beautiful image Pankaj with an unusual but effective POV in this case showing very good details of the butterfly with pleasant contrast with the flower.
I believe that the illumination it is something high with intense and saturated colors.
The focus is correct with good depth.
I like the framing that you chose strait but appropriate for the composition.
Thanks and regards... Ricardo

Hi Pankaj,
Stunning and colorful presentation here!
I'm really pleased with this vivid color mixture, and the very good contrast with the white wings of the butterfly.
The POV is so good, you show us amazing details on the insect structure, specially the pattern and B/W color of the wings.
I like so much the composition and the frame used.
Congratulations, thanks for share and best regards,

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-01-29 20:38]

Belle composition et magnifique couleurs.
Merci et bravo pour la netteté.

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  • Swats Silver Star Critiquer [C: 37 W: 0 N: 3] (151)
  • [2007-01-30 3:28]

Wow! Awesome capture Pankaj! Amazing colours and details!

Hi Pankaj,
Excellent macro shot.
Superb sharness, neat image, nicely cropped, well framed, informative note.

Ben Lakitan

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-30 16:04]

Hi Pankaj,
Really perfect black/white reproduction on the left wing. Wonderful light and excellent details.
José M.

oh wow...an amazing photograph, great closeup , love the subject, Inever tired of butterfly photos. The detail is amazing..TFS
donna :o)

thanks for your comments on my photo "ice storm" :o)

Hola Pankaj,
Excelente toma de gran nitidez, excelente composición y bellos colores. Un cordial saludo

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-02-01 15:35]

hello Pankaj
i like butterfly-flower composition. point of view, colours, sharpness, details and note are great
thanks for sharing

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-03 5:00]

Hi Pankaj.
What a nice close-up. Excellent POV, rich and beautiful color palette, perfect sharpness and details of the butterfly and flower. I like impressive lighting and shadows, exactness of DOF selection. Superb work. My best regards and TFS.

Magnífica mariposa, agradable composición y un original punto de vista.
Una belleza!.
Saludos, JL.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-02-11 2:35]

Hi pankaj,

Great picture of this buttefly.
Great color, background, lightening and position.
You can found this butterfly, also in Israel during the summer


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