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Parantica sita male

Parantica sita male
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Copyright: Alan Cassidy (accassidy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED AF-S VR, 72mm UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Japan [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-11 12:27
Viewed: 4290
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today's post sends me back to Japan again and a picture of the underside of the large Danaiid Parantica sita. I posted the upperside a few days ago here.

It was much easier to get this underside shot than that of the top side. The butterfly moved periodically from one flower head to the next. After landing on the new nectar source, it would very briefly remain with the wings outstretched, then close them to hold this dangling pose until the flit to the next flower. The open-wing period was usually too short to compose and focus the shot, but patience and a better sense of timing eventually prevailed.

Particularly easy to see in this picture are the male sex brands on the sub-tornal area of the hindwing. This shows as a dark patch crossing the veins, some of which are swollen. This is a simple way to differentiate between males and females in this genus.

This image has been cropped, resized and slightly sharpened in Photoshop, and Neat Image has been used on the BG.

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Beautiful and interesting picture of a wonderful butterfly.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-12-11 12:54]

Hello Alan,
a nice and brilliant reproduction of the wing colour pattern of this comparatively large Parantica. Difficult strong light, but nevertheless well managed.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-11 14:52]

the pic isn't perfect 100% but the butterfly is very rare and the colours very nice,thanks for share,Luciano

Hi Alan. A joy to look at. Colourful, clear, detailed, with a lovely light.Looking at this beauty, it is easy to see hoe nature knows how to mix its colours and create a harmonious whole. Regards. Klaudio.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-11 18:33]

Hi Alan,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful butterfly with such lovely colours and markings on its wings. Very neat and sharp image with perfect lighting and exposure. Excellent POV to portray it and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello Alan,

Very nice composition. Good focus on the wings.
Beautiful colours.

Ciao Alan,
davvero una bella specie quella che ci fai conoscere con la tua foto!
Colori naturali e buona messa a fuoco.

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