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Spindasis syama

Spindasis syama
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Copyright: Alan Cassidy (accassidy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1984-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax LX, Pentax F 100/2.8 macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of the other countries of Asia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-31 11:51
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Spindasis syama peguanus
Club Silverline

This species is relatively widespread, occurring from Nepal through its type location Java to China, Taiwan and the Philippines. Nine subspecies are listed here, albeit under the genus Cigaritis.

It seems to have figured on TN only once before, from Singapore, which would probably be subspecies terana. According to here:

"The Club Silverline can be distinguished from the other Singapore species by the basal streak on the forewing below. The colour of the silver edging may be black (most often) or dark red (rarely).

Like the Long Banded Silverlines, the Club Silverlines often stop to perch on grasses. The butterflies are often seen in the early morning hours and late afternoon hours, feeding on flowering plants. The flowers of the Mile-a-Minute (Mikania cordata) are the usual favourite. The butterflies are fast flyers, but often stop to perch on a few favourite perches to rest. In the later part of the afternoon, they often open their wings flat to sunbathe."

This picture was taken in Nepal, the most northern outpost of the species range. It was scanned from 35mm slide, the BG de-noised and then sharpened in CS3.

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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2007-12-31 13:02]
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Hi Alan

What an explendid picture of this Club Silverline. I really like the combination of the black/white insect, and the blurred green background.
Great details and lighting. Do you know what the orange spot on the back of the wing is for?

Thanks for sharing this one. I wish you all the best in 2008, and keep enjoying nature!


Great details. Exposure is nice too.
Happy New Year 2008.
Best regards,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-31 23:51]

Hi Alan,
Outstanding close-up shot of this beautiful butterfly with immaculate sharpness and lovely colours. Superb lighting and exposure with the DOF being precise. Excellently chosen POV and very nicely composed. Kudos. TFS.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-01 10:06]

Hi Alan,

Happy new year,you start the new season with a colorfull upload,good POV and detailed capture,well done and tfs


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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-01 12:35]

Hello Alan,
nice capture of this beautiful butterfly
great POV and fine details
happy new year and best wishes

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-02 11:51]

Woow Alan,never seen a butterfly like that,perfect sharpness and details,i like a lot your perfect work,thanks for share,Luciano

Hi Alan, it's first time that I see this lovely butterfly, thanks, great macro with splendid colors and wonderful sharpness, superb details, very well done, have a great 2008, ciao Silvio

Hi Alan,
Widespread of not its a lovely speciman and I wouldn't mind seeing such beauties around my way. I really like the deep colour, the detail is spot on and the DOF has left it swimming on a sea of green.A lovely capture....well done.
Regards, David

bonjour alan
c'est un joli papillon dommage que la profondeur de champ soit un peu juste et que le bout des ailes soient un peu flou,mais j'aime bien quand même.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-01-04 7:43]
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Dear Alan
Seeing at this amazingly stunning and splendid shot with such amazing details and great composition I want to take the opportunity to thank you for all the great moments I had enjoying your marvellous pictures and your pleasant comments. I hope to keep enjoying a lot more postings from you during the coming year.
Have a great Night and may 2008 will bring you great moments and lots of Happiness!!
With my best wishes

P:) Sorry for the delay but I couldn't do it before.

Hi Alan,
Perfect composition of a beautiful butterfly. Very good texture, colors and contrast. Amazing detailed each, butterfly and flower. The object integrates very well, with the blurred BG.
Best regards,

Hi Alan,
A fantastic shot of this Silverline. Excellent focus, colors, composition and bokeh - all in all a great photo.

Hi Alan

Thanks for sharing this beautiful lycaenid, and thank for you comment to my Fountainea..I have new information on that species.



The composition, POV, DOF, BG, Lighting, detail of the subject and most of all the sharpness are excellent. Well Done.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-06-02 16:16]

Hello Mr.Cassidy,
thank you very much for identifying the butterfly in my post. I indeed appreciate it very much.
As for your shot, it is brilliantly executed. Great posture and excellent clarity.


Gorgeous species! I know how difficult this kind of photos are, but as I saw you gallery, I must give you an advice: try to keep your backgrounds as clean as possible; move closer to your subject or try another angle.

Best regards,

Filipe Caetano.

Great details. Exposure is nice too.

Certainly is interesting, how it appears to be two insects at once by the design of wing.

Hola Alan,
muchas gracias por tus comentarios e interesantes recomendaciones. Estuve haciendo pruebas con mi nueva Canon y como ves, los resultados aún no son muy buenos :-)
Tu toma impresionante por la luz y los colores. Me ha atraído lo bien que captaste las texturas de las alas, que parece que sea un tejido.
Un saludo: Josep Ignasi.

It's so beautiful... Amazing details on the wings... Amazing DOF too.. Background is perfectly blur...

Thanks a lot for sharing!

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