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welcome back Mr. Ram

welcome back  Mr. Ram
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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: 2007-07-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Ni
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies with minimum 50 points & above, Dedications at TrekNature Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-09 22:56
Viewed: 3632
Points: 52
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Welcome back,

It has been quite sometime since I shot a butterfly as all these beautiful insects disappeared for a long time but now to my delight they are comming back & this one is the first one came to rest on the glass of windows and I took some shots,

The second reason for the joy is that our one of the most active and respected member of TN Mr Ram Thakur is back to India and I dedicate this seasons first butterfly to his return to his motherland India.

Description of Lemon Pansy

A small to medium sized brown butterfly with large eyespots on the upper side of both wings. The females are larger and have more prominent eyespots than the males. The under side of both sexes are pale brown with cryptic markings. However, the ground colour varies a great deal, with specimens showing a range of colors from dark brown to pink to peach.

Similar species


Status, distribution and habitat

A widely distributed species that is commonest in the dry zones and ascends to hills to about 1500 feet elevation. It is found in wide open spaces with lots of sunshine and is seen year round.


The male is much more abundant than the female. The Lemon Pansy, like all the members of its group, is territorial. The males often perch at strategic locations to intercept females. From such vantage points, they would frequently take off to inspect potential mates passing by. Its perch is sometimes no more than a small rock jutting out of the ground. Although it is a perching species, it does move into new locations when it finds its current location to be unsuitable. It is quite well camouflaged when it sits still with its wings held above its abdomen, especially against sand coloured backgrounds.

It is a nectar lover and frequently settles to feed on short herbs and shrubs, during which time it displays its upper sides. It has a typical posture that it takes when it spreads its wings. So much so, that most photographs taken of this butterfly look very similar. As evening approaches, they retire to the thickets and spend the night clinging onto a tall grass stem or something similar with their wings folded above the body.

Early stages

The larvae feed on members of the Acanthaceae. The females sometimes lay their eggs indiscriminately on non-larval host plants or dead twigs in the vicinity of of their larval host plants. Sometimes the eggs are laid on very small plants, and the larvae upon exhausting its food source, disperse and locate other plants in the vicinity very quickly. During the day, they lie hidden within the herbaceous plants.

source : Butteflies of srilanka

gracious, radz, ellis49, dew77, gannu, Necipp, mayuresh, ramthakur, angybone, eqshannon, fartash, haraprasan, mikou, Luis52, Debz has marked this note useful
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Yes,welcome back to the butterfly too!
nice picture

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-07-09 23:59]

Hello Pankaj,
A lovely welcome gift to Mr.Ram. And a beautiful capture too.POV, sharpness, details are all excellent. Thanks for sharing it.

L'arrière-plan est original. Bien vu.
Bonne journée.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-07-10 0:06]

Beautiful shot,lovely details!
Nice composition&POV..

Hello Pankaj,
Very good exposure and focus on this captured!
good sharpness with vivid colour
well done and thanks for sharing
best wishes always

Hi Pankaj,
the sharpness and details are good, fine colours and nice POV.
And a very good note.
But I'm not sure about the BG.
Well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-07-10 0:58]

Hello Pankaj,
Beautiful close up.Nicely exposed and composed.POV,details,colors and BG are also excellent.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-10 1:31]

Pankaj Dada, yes absolute welcome tribute to RAM Sir ganesh

Hello Pankaj lovely details and colours good focus and dof very nice composition excellent work tfs rgds Necip.

Hi pankaj,
nice capture,sharpness,details, pov,are excellent,well done

An impressive beginning to the new butterfly season, Pankaj. This is a lovely and fresh specimen of Lemon Pansy that graced your window pane. Thanks for dedicating it to me. I am deeply honoured and appreciate your kindness and warmth.
A well composed shot with sharp focus, delightful colours and exquisite details. Those three-colour eye-spots are really beautiful.
I wish you a very fulfilling new butterfly season.

Very pleasant composition, lovely colours and a very good point of view.
Best wishes,

selam, Great shot and very good composition nice pov and bg with splendid colours. Well done ! Regards ridvan

Those "EYE" patterns on the wings remind me of our Buckeye Butterfly. Great shot! Very clear and sharp. Good notes!

Very nice dedication. I too add myself to the list of those missing our doctorate in residence.

You obviously gave some thought to this due to Ram and gave us a wonderful picture. I like the patterned background....tres' nice composition and frame looks great!


Hi Pankaj,
Beautiful lemon pansy. Colors are vivid and well saturated. I like this pov and your composition. Very well done.

Hello Pankaj
Excellent shot of this Lemon Pansy,
Great dedication,
Perfect detail,BG and Lighting,
Superb shot, TFS

Good luck

Hi Pankaj,
An excellent capture of this lemon pansy with very good composition, colors and POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

bonjour pankaj
je pense que ce papillon demande a sortir,vous avez bien su profiter de l'occasion avec une bonne netteté et un joli specimen.

Hi Pankaj, welcome back to the splendid butterfly from you, great capture with wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-10 13:04]

Hi Pankaj.
Beautiful capture of this very nice Lemon Pansy.I like his pose and sharp details on patterns on his wings.Wonderful colors and very good soft light.Really unusual BG.Very well done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-10 13:51]

Preciosa macro Pankaj,
un lujo y bello trabajo,
excelente nota para Ram.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-07-10 18:56]

Hola Pankaj. Me agrada la foto Macro. Exelente colorido en sus alas y bellos los colores. Luis52.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-10 20:45]

Hello Pankaj

What a beautiful butterfly.I really like the effect you achieved with the glass.Very nicely composed with an artistic feel to it.The horizontal lines and lovely coloured BG is terrific.Nicely done.TFS


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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2007-07-11 0:25]

splendide capture , image parfaite, détails et couleurs splendides


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-07-12 3:24]

Very crisp and sharp shot Pankaj. Nice dedication, I shall take a look at his shots. Very pretty with the open wings with good focus, nice light and colours.
:) tomorrow

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