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Appias libythea

Appias libythea
Photo Information
Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix E5600
Exposure: f/5.9, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-28 6:02
Viewed: 2895
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Striped Albatross
This one is a male specimen you can see the female HERE

Wingspan 42-52 mm. The sexes are very different. In flight, it may be mistaken for a Common or Lesser Albatross, and sometimes a worn Common Gull.

The male is chalky white above and below. On the upper side, the termen of both wings are finely edged with black scales. In addition, there are small triangular black markings where the veins meet the termen. It flight, it looks completely white, the black being almost invisible.
In the female the ground color of the upper side of both wings is white, often suffused basally with varying amounts of black scales. On the upper side of the forewing there is a black band on the termen which widens towards the apex and runs a short distance on the costal margin. There is a short black subcostal band from about the middle of the costa to the base.
On the under side of the hind wing, the veins are black distally and terminate in broad triangular black markings. The ground color of the under side of the hind wing is off white, gray to pale ochreous, with darker colored markings along the veins. There is almost always a straight darker line at the center of the wing below the cell and a small yellowish orange patch at the base.

Similar species
Lesser Albatross, Common Albatross.

Status, distribution and habitat
A common, widely distributed species found in the dry, intermediate and arid zones. It is an inhabitant of the dry evergreen forests, scrub land and coastal dunes. Though seasonal, fair numbers may be seen all year round.

Very similar to the Pioneer and Common Gull. The females are found in much smaller numbers than the males and are more retiring, remaining around thickets rather than in the middle of open spaces. It joins migratory flights during the north east monsoon in very large numbers, and is often a nuclear species.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Genus: Appias
Species: libythea

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Hi Haraprasan,
A very good and clear capture of the C. Wanderer.
It's works great your POV and tight crop made to fill the frame.
Details and texture on the wings are so enjoyable.
Perhaps a little darker frame would be useful to stands up even more the picture.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Namaste Hara,
Beautiful work.
Perfect exposure and very nicely composed.
Wonderful detail and colour.
Very well captured.

Ciao Haraprasan,
complimenti per questa foto, molto piacevole e tecnicamente perfetta!
Questa specie mi ricorda una simile presente in Europa: Aporia crataegi.
Grazie per questa bella immagine.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-28 7:00]

Hello Haraprasan,
Great capture of the Common Wanderer that is so sharp that you can see bits of pollen stuck to the wings. Great composition and colours too.
Well done and thanks for sharing this one,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-28 7:12]

what say ? the pic is perfect and the note useful..a wonderfull work,thanks for share,Luciano

Hi Haraprasan
Beautiful butterfly. Great composition with butterfly in right down corner, perfect sharpness and nice OOF background.
Very good job
Best wishes

Hello Haraprasan
Wonderful shot of this Common Wanderer,
Great details,exposure and POV,Superb shot.

Good Luck

bonjour haraprasan
je n'aime pas trop la couleur du cadre mais l'image est tres bien realisé.netteté,profondeur de champ et details.

hello haraprasan,
lovely shot, liked the pov and the composition, sharp image with good details, beautiful colours,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-28 11:25]

Hi Haraprasan , Once again you have captured a fine shot of the butterfly. your sharp focusing shows the markings so well. good natural colours. with a nice POV. good notes too. well done TFS.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-11-28 12:37]
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Hello Haraprasan,
a really beautiful and perfect picture of this white species. Admirable sharpness and clearly visible wing patterns. Optimal point of view and well composed picture. The species shown does not belong to the genus Pareronia which have quite different wing underside patterns. It is a species of the genus Appias with its peculiar forewing shape. The name is
- Appias libythea
- family: Pieridae
The species is very similar to Appias olferna from South East Asia.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-28 13:22]

Hola amigo,
preciosa mariposa,
realmente magnífico este trabajo...

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-11-28 14:16]

selam ;
Nice composition.Good POV and sharp image whit nice details.Colors are beautiful.Excellent shot of this lovely butterfly well done.
TFS ridvan

Friend Prasan,
Nice to see your beautiful butterfly posting again!
great pose with perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details
well composed andwell seen

Hi Haraprasan
nice macro shot with great details, sharpness, POV. Frame, colors, light also very nice. TFS, well done

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-28 22:56]

Hi Haraprasan

Great close-up with excellent detail. A very clear presentation with good note.


Hello Haraprasan,
I like the tight framing as the butterfly fills the space!
Silky crisp details in the wing, the pattern is well reproduced...
Well done on the macro work, DOF is spot on and makes the insect stand out well!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-29 0:36]

Hi Haraprasan,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful butterfly with such immaculate sharpness and details on its wings. Great lighting and exposure and the DOF is precise here and lets the subjects stand out from the BG perfectly. Looks majestic. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

It is morning and sun has not risen yet I am low on petrol...such is life in the high speed lane.

Well I am going to read your always very good notes to make sure this is a butterfly:-) Sometimes I get my damsels mixed up with my moths and caterpillars if you know what I mean...A nice clear picture with lengthy notations. Very good work for a small creature photographer as good as you. Nice work Haraprasan ..

Hello Haraprasan,

Sharp picture of this butterfly. Nice composition and beautiful colours. What I do not like that much is the frame.

Hello Haraprasan,
Magnificent shot!
Excellent coloration of this marvellous butterfly.
Very well composed.
Congratulations for the wealth of details!
Best wishes,
José Roberto

Hi Haraprasan,
Nice macro. TFS.
For a change, the female looks to be more colourful than the male.
- Nirmal

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-29 9:18]

Hello Haraprasan

A very good image of this beautiful striped albatross butterfly.
The details are sharp and well focused.
The lighting is well done and the colours are vivid and well saturated.
I like the placement in the photo,in a natural appearing setting.
Very good low POV and good DOF.


Great details - perfectly sharp, wonderful dof. You're always right on technically though. You also hit the mark artistically. Great!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-30 1:08]

Hi Haraprasan,
great shot of this almost colour-less but very pretty butterfly.
The patterns on its wings are very nice and add excellent contrast to the shot.
Impeccable sharpness, detail and clarity.
Great composition as well.
Well done,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-09 3:13]

Hello Haraprasan
What a splendid capture of this beautiful species!! Magnificent sharpness with great details, and excellent POV, DOF and composition with natural colors.
I love it!
Thank you very much for sharing.
My best regards

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