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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Asia, Butterflies with minimum 50 points & above [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-06 4:16
Viewed: 2950
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus) or the African Monarch is a common butterfly which is widespread in Asia and Africa. It belongs to the danaine ("Crows and Tigers") subfamily of the brushfooted butterfly family Nymphalidae.

Wingspan 60-80 mm. The sexes are similar. The male can be identified by the scent patch on the second vein of the hind wing. On the upper side, it appears as a large black patch towards the center of the wing, and on the underside, as a white centered black patch. There are three different forms of the Plain Tiger. Form dorippus lacks the white apical spots on the forewing. In form alcippoides, the upper side of the hind wing is suffused with a large white area.

A common butterfly of the arid, dry and intermediate zones, less commonly encountered in the wet zone. Its habitats include fallow land, coastal dunes, scrub jungle, neglected coconut lands and farmsteads. In fact, anywhere in which its principal larval food plant, Calotropis gigantea, grows. It is seen all year round but never in large numbers.

It has a characteristic slow meandering flight and moves forward with a few wing beats followed by a spell of gliding. Although it flies at all heights, it is commonly encountered within a few feet above ground. Unlike the other Danaids which fly in dappled shade, the Plain Tiger is an insect of the blazing sun and prefers to stay around large open fields, even during the hottest time of the day when others have retired to the shady thickets. It visits flowers regularly for nectar. The male is not particularly fond of visiting mud puddles or wet soil. As evening approaches, it often congregates with other Danaids to roost under the canopy of large trees.

This is an unpalatable poisonous species, avoided both by birds and lizards. The chemical substances that deter the predators are mostly assimilated by the larva and then passed on to the adult through the pupa.

Scientific classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Danainae
Tribe: Danaini
Genus: Danaus
Species: D. chrysippus

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-06 4:21]

Hello Sumon, my neighbour!
Great shot of the Plain Tiger, partly because it is a sparling fresh specimen a partly because you caught it sharply with good colouring, lighting and BG. Fine central composition suits it well here.
TFS and regards, Ivan

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-06 4:23]

Hi Sumon

Lovely, glowing colours combined with sharp focus and great POV make this an excellent shot.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-06 4:43]

Wow Sumon!!
An amazing shot.
Excellant colours.
Sharp with a brilliant composition and DOF.
Well done,

Your line of perfection in captures goes on. An amazing story you have woven. I thought I was joking about you publishing a book, but I think you should be, if not already, seriously put these gems in print!


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-07-06 5:22]

Hello Sumon,
Beautiful close up.Love the sharp details you show here.Vivid colors,POV,blurred BG and composition are also exclelent.

Gorgeous! Flawless detail and superb colors! Bravo!

Hi Sumon,
The body and wings of this butterfly are very sharp and displayed very well. The colours a re wonderful and well seen and performed photo,

Nice color saturation with very good exposure Sumon. I like the relaxed open wing pose and frame filling composition too..Great detail, and well seen from this BG. Very well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-06 7:08]

Hello Sumon,
Beautiful capture of the Plain Tiger in a nice pose holding its wings back. It looks like a very fresh specimen and details are razor sharp and colours natural. I like the cropping too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Funny it should be called "PLAIN" because PLAIN it's not - it's beautiful! :)
Great shot!!!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-06 7:19]

Hi Sumon,

A wonderful specimen!! This butterfly is so fresh and sharp that it could be the real thing and not just a picture. Colors, details, position, lighting, background are all superb. Another masterpiece from you.


Hello Sumon
Very nice shot of this Plain Tiger,
This is one of my favourites.
Perfect details,lighting and sharpness,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot,friend.

Good Luck

Hi Sumon,
very fine shot of the beautiful Plain Tiger.
The pattern and colours are great.
Nice light, good POV and the central composition worls well here.
Well done.

Hi Sumon,
Beautiful macro showing this butterfly
very sharp with natural colors, nice POV
great portrait, TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

Hello Sumon

The colours are brilliant! The DOF is excellent and the exposure is perfect. Beautiful butterfly!


Hello Sumon,
In perfect every single details of the Plain Tiger!
Great Pov with awesome colour and sharpness!
very well done
thanks for sharing

Hello Sumon,
Fantastic colours.
Very good light...

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-06 12:49]

Simply outstanding! Exceptional details. Amazing colors.

Hi Sumon,
Beautiful butterfly. Details and textured are clearly recorded and well seen. Nice off background. Very well done and tfs.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-06 21:01]

Hello Sumon

A beautiful crisp image of this amazing butterfly.The colours are deep and well saturated.Excellent POV and DOF.TFS


Hi sumon,

A lovely shot of this tiger ,difficult to get this guys captured when their wings are open, Love this pic for details , the contrast and the composition.



What a fantastic open wing view of this "Monarch" of a butterfly, sumon!
A brilliant capture with all the super qualities of a great shot right where they belong.
Well done and TFS.

bonjour sumon
ce n'est pas souvent que nous voyons ce papillon dans cette position,l'abdomen se detache tres bien des ailles et les couleurs sont splendide.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-07-07 0:47]

What a stunning shot of this gorgeous butterfly, Sumon.
We have a Monarch butterfly here too, kind of similar, but with some different markings. The colors are just spectacular. Excellent light and exposure on the sharp details.
TFS. : )

Hi sumon,
amazing,excellent shot,lovely colour and composed,very sharp,well done

Wow! Sumon Da its a beauty. Very nicely composed fantastic colors and details. Notes are informative. 5*s from me. Thanks a lot for sharing. Sorry :D ooo. Shall be back.

  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-07-07 22:44]

Wow Sumon,
Fantastic capture, excellent macro, the butterfly poses gracefully for you..
Great colors and details, wonderful POV and composition..
Well done

"I'll Be Back"

Hello Sumon,
Impressive clarity both in colours and in the details!
Great patterns in the wings, and the velvet like texture is very attractive...
Well composed presentation!
Pablo -

Hi again Sumon, splendid butterfly with wonderful colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-07-08 21:55]

Great capture of color and contrast...Detail is excellent...TFS

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