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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: 2007-07-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies with minimum 50 points & above, jmp *2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-12 6:27
Viewed: 3452
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Peacock Pansy, Junonia almana, is a species of nymphalid butterfly found in South Asia.

A small to medium sized orange butterfly with large eyespots on the upper side of hind wings, and smaller ones on the forewing. The sexes are similar in colour and pattern. The females is usually larger. The short wavy black bands that emanate from the costal margins are distinctive. The under side is variable. Some specimens have very small markings against a light ground colour, while others have more prominent eyes and richer colors.

A widely distributed species that is found all over India and Southeast Asia into China, and Japan but is scarce at elevations above 3000 feet. This is an edge species and can be seen around rice fields more frequently than at any other location. It may be seen almost year round though its numbers peak only during the monsoons.

Its habits are very similar to the Chocolate Soldier or Lemon Pansy and it joins migratory flights. The large eyes are displayed suddenly when the butterfly opens its wings - this unexpected visual signal presumably confuses the predator and takes it by surprise. The larvae feed on plants of the Acanthaceae.

Shot taken hand held in cloudy and rainy conditions. The light was poor and it was drizzling. Surprisingly I was allowed to come very close and it never felt disturbed by my slow approach and camera movements. Only thing it did was not to open its wings and I could sense that it was alert and concious of my presence. I managed to get a few close-ups. Hope you all like it in this POV.

Scientific classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Genus: Junonia
Species: J. almana

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nnice focus good colors nice pose whith the whole wing showing

Hi Mana,
Wonderful that you fill the frame with this Peacock Pansy. Great shot. Perfect sharpness and well exposed. Texture and fine details are well seen. Colors are vibrant. Very well done.

Hi Sumon.
It is very nice to have the opportunity of looking at this specie in the wild with such a beautiful photo.
Rainy and very overcasted days are the best for getting beautiful natural exposures, if you have steady hands :)
I would have left a bit more space at the right, just to avoid the leg touching the frame.
Thanks and regards, Felipe.

Hi Sumon Da,
An excellent capture of this peacock pansy. Rather hard to capture. You have captured it very well. The Butterfly is in very great shape. Thanks a lot for sharing.

i Suomn,
very tightly composed shot.But that does not deteroite its sharpness, details and colors.Very good use of DOF.

Another shot, that puts equipment fetishists to shame! Wonderful detail and great POV!

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

What page are you on now in this wonderful book you should be creating. You are the man! If it was "pure nature" they wanted...you are the person to look for!!!


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-12 7:43]

Hi Sumon,

A beautiful full-frame shot of this butterfly. I can picture it as a full sized poster. Fantastic focus and lighting. You show off the lovely wing pattern with all its details and natural colors in a perfect manner. Wonderful, wonderful.


Hi Sumon

Great focus and pose. I like the tight crop as well - it makes the image more stiking.


Wonderful clear focus and good lighting on this P.Pansy, Sumon.
The rich color is very fine.
I may prefer just a bit more space for the subject.
Excellent note.
Well done freind!


bonjour sumon
impressionnant gros plan;la profondeur de champ est vraiment excellente avec ce reglage presque grand ouvert.netteté parfaite.une vue de 2/3 de face aurait fait de cette photo un chef d'oeuvre.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-12 9:09]

Hello Mana,
Wonderful, very sharp capture of this beautfiul butterfly. Amazing details and lovely colours. I like the POV and the tight crop too.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Hello Sumon,
I adore the tight framing here, a very dynamic composition!
The usual excellency in macro work, colours an details are impeccable...
I'm so impressed by the silky-crisp wings!
Pablo -

Hello Sumon,
Absolutely superb!
best pov to show the outstanding texture and pattern of the butterfly! very good indeed
great job, Sumon
my compliment of this posting

Hello Sumon
Very nice shot of this Peacock Pansy,
Great composition,lighting and BG,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot,friend.

Good Luck

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-07-12 11:24]

Sumon my friend everyday you surprise me with beautiful macro
after beautiful macro. How you do it?? hehehe
Lovely shot as aways, I love the patterns and the colors..
Great POV and composition, I would give a little more space for her, but this composition works fine with the borders
..Well Done

"I'll Be Back"

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-12 13:03]

Hi Sumon. yiu have a lot of beatiful butterflies in India. thi markings on this one are excellent which you have captured so well. very good colours ,with a nice POV/DOF. very welldone TFs great notes to read as well.


Hi Sumon,

Great shot of this lovely BF
Perfect natural colours
superb sharpness and details

TFS Thijs

Hi Sumon, elegant vertical composition with splendid butterfly, great details, wonderful colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

This is a splendid close-up capture of Peacock Pansy's underwings, Sumon. I see that even this side of its wings is as attractive as the top one. I like those lovely eye-spots.
The colours and details in this image are just perfect.
Thanks for sharing this great image and best regards.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-13 1:23]

Hi Sumon,
You chose a very good POV here, which shows all the patterns and the details of the wings so nicely. I like the composition. TFS
Best wishes,

hi mana,
nice butterfly shot depicting the beautiful wing pattern with good clarity, nice colours, good pov, the composition is a bit too tight for my liking, sharp image with good details,
well done as usual,
tfs & regards

Hello Sumon

Another spectacular macro from you. The butterfly is beautiful, the details, composition and light are outstanding. Great notes!


Hello Sumon,

Very good POV! Colors looks so natural and the details are impressive...

The only thing is that the butterfly is really to tight within the frame... Consider leaving more space around the insect... I'm sure that you will appreciate it a lot more!



Wonderful how the butterfly fills the whole photo! It's so sharp and perfect!

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-13 7:00]

Hi Sumon.
Wow.He is BIG!Excellent sharp this detailed view on super sharp details on patterns on his wing.Very interesting POV,composition is little tight,IMHO.Soft light giving wonderful colors and details.Very well done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

Hola amigo.
De nuevo otra obra de arte.
Preciosa macro, nitidez maravillosa así como la presentación y la nota sobre ella.
Saludos Sumon, JL.

Esto si que es una mariposa y no la mía jaajajaj, aunque se agradecen tus comentarios. En esta, un ángulo de disparo excepcional, una claridad excelente y gran profundidad. Un conjunto muy profesional tal como nos tienes acostumbrados. Un abrazo Sumon.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-15 11:12]

Hi Sumon,
Really beautiful butterfly captured with extreme details, perfect colors and exposure, attractive pov, the best dof.
I like it!
TFS, José M.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-17 19:34]

Hello Sumon

A very beautiful butterfly.The details and textures show well.The colours are vivid.An interesting crop and composition with a unique POV.TFS


Your Peacock Pansy looks stunning here. Very sharp and excellent details and you have done well presenting this in vertical format. Very pleasant against the green background. Regards. Jusni

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