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Butterfly #3 (Common Pierrot)

Butterfly #3 (Common Pierrot)
Photo Information
Copyright: jitti coowanitwong (jcoowanitwong) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1679 W: 0 N: 3120] (13754)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC W7
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Thailand, Butterflies from Thailand #1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-16 1:24
Viewed: 3747
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common Pierrot
Castalius rosimon, Fabricius

A small Lycaenid with a wingspan of 25-30 mm. The sexes are very similar. The underside of the wings are white with black spots and streaks. The base of the upper side of both wings is a beautiful shiny pale blue, being more more extensive in the male. The submarginal bands above are much wider in the female than in the male. However, there is great seasonal variation in the size and intensity of these black markings: the wet season forms have larger and darker markings than those from the dry season.

Status, distribution and habitat
It is widely distributed and common below 3000 feet, though stragglers have been recorded at 4000 feet elevation. It loves full sun and prefers open spaces and scrub jungle, but is just as common in cultivated areas along hedges and fences, and home gardens with overgrown scrub with interspersed trees. It is the commonest of all Pierrots in the island.

It flies relatively fast and low to the ground, and the males frequently settle on roads and gravel patches. It can then be easily identified by its underside markings. It is a nectar lover and comes readily to a wide range of plants with small flowers, and once settled moves about a great deal in a slow deliberate manner. It is not a frequent visitor to bird droppings like the Angled Pierrot.


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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-04-16 13:35]

Very beautiful Lycaenidae!
Stunning details!
Excellent colours!
Perfect DOF!
Very good BG!
5* and TFS!

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2006-04-27 16:59]

Hi, Jitti!
You hav achieved as alvays an interesting composition with sharp focus and outstandingly vivid colors.

Bonjour Jitti
Une superbe de belle prise de vue que ce Joli papillon,Très belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons.

Bravo et merci...JP

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-05-02 1:13]
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Hi Jitti,
This is a good shot with very vivid colours and excellent POV and composition. The BG has quite some noise that can easily be removed by tracing around the outline of the butterfly with a marquee tool, then feather and blur and voila' - noise gone.
Best regards

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-05-08 18:35]

Hi Jitti.
I like the contrast and colors of your photo, very nice pose and composition, the specimen is beautiful.


Another wonderful wings Jitti,
composition, focus and colors very good.

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