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Plain Tiger from Desert

Plain Tiger from Desert
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of India [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-06 0:55
Viewed: 4350
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Plain Tiger
Danaus chrysippus, (Linnaeus)

Friends, during my recent visit to Ajmer located in the desert state of Rajasthan, my head spun with excitement on seeing a profusion of wild life on the sprawling campus of Mayo College. There were hundreds of butterflies of various species flitting around merrily. During the short time at my disposal, I shot quite a few including this beautiful Plain Tiger perching on the vertical stem of a plant with its wings wide open. It did not bat an eyelid when I shot it from the closest possible distance with my 105mm. I took a dozen shots of it and when I quit, it was still perched there.

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, of which the commonest is shown here. The other two forms are rare. 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. The latter form is exceptionally rare in Sri Lanka, and has been recorded on only a few occasions.

Similar species
Female Danaid Eggfly - The wing margins are serrated and the upper side of the hind wing carries a single black spot. A remarkably good mimic of the Plain Tiger and has forms that correspond to form Dorippus and Alcippoides, which are just as rare.

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 in the island 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.

Source: http://www.srilankaninsects.net/butterflies/Danaidae/PlainTiger/PlainTiger.htm

Thanks for looking and regards to all.

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Great saturated colors, nice compo and details.

Hi Mr. Ram,
Another beautiful capture of this plain tiger wings opened. Very nice colors and composition with fine details. And most amazingly capturing near a desert. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Ram,
veri nice colors and sharpness,pleasant composition

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-06 5:56]

Hi Ram

Really beautiful colours here. The pose is lovely too - it seems to enhance the 'glow' of the colours.

I remember Ajmer well - I visited about 10 years ago.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-06 6:09]

Sir very lovely and colorful shot. The shape of the butterfly and the position of the butterfly is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Ganesh

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-06 6:31]

Hola Ram,
bella macro,
sesacional pov, colores y detalles,

Again there is such eye pleasing symmetry. Symmetry and colour define this butterfly. How proud of your collection you must be.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-06 7:06]

Another fine D. Chrysippus shot from you, Ram!
I can't fault this one: I especially like the strong contrast between the butterfly and the BBG and the excellent composition.
Thanks and all the best,

A very great macro of this tiger, with excellent sharpness and details.
Best wishes,

Hello Ram
Excellent shot of this Plain Tiger,
Great composition, lighting and DOF,
Perfect sharpness and BG,Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-08-06 7:32]

Hi Ram.
Beautiful picture.I like your centric composition here with very nice pose of this beautiful butterfly.Colors and details are wonderful and very good contrasted against blurry BG too.Good Luck and take care.
TFS and best regards Milos.

Well composed macro photography but the horizontal frame allowing more green disturbing the main subject ( Its my angle of view only).

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-06 8:07]

Hello Ram,
Lovely view of this Plain Tiger in a beautiful pose. The colours are wonderful and details sharp. Nice soft background and your composition is excellent. Interesting note too!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-08-06 9:06]

Bonjour Ram, very interesting capture with a perfect composition. Brightness colors and good sharpness too. Best regards, didier.

Bonsoir Ram,joli ce papillon,la composition est belle et les couleurs bien vives,magnifique photo.Bravo et merci de partager


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-08-06 13:21]

Hello Ram,
Wonderful close up.I liked POV,colors,contrast and composition a lot.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-06 16:13]

Hi Ram,

I love how his lovely butterfly is lined up with the plant. Symmetry can be beautiful. Wonderful deep colors and fine details. A fantastic macro.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-07 0:48]

Hi Ram,
Wonderful shot of this gorgeous Plain Tiger. Such bright colours and impressive sharpness. Superb lighting and among the greens it stands out majestically. Excellent POV and a superb composition. Kudos.

hello mr thakur,
nice capture of the plain tiger butterfly, the shot presents the butterfly with its full glory, i liked the pov and the colours very much, the blurred green bg gives great contrast to the colourful insect,
well done,
btw i was also in Rajasthan on 3rd and 4th of this month at Mount Abu.
tfs & regards

Hello Ram!
This is one of your best macro butterfly photos I have seen! Very good DOF, ionteresting POV, and lovely colours.
Note is as always informative.
It is a great pleasure to watch with picture :)

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-07 7:17]

Superb depth of colour, Ram

Hello Ram,
Love the very beautiful saturated colors and the pose of the wings of the butterfly.
Looks like a rocket wich can go of to mid air anytime.
Most wonderful details, color contrast and soft background against wich the Tiger does stand out greatly.
Excellent work.
Thanks for sharing an the great note,
Best wishes and have a nice day,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-13 14:05]

Hi Ram,
Really beautiful colours and a great pose, pov and dof. A perfect capture indeed!
TFS, Josť M.

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