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Elymnias hypermnestra (Closeup)

Elymnias hypermnestra (Closeup)
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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: 2008-08-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 XR DiII LD Asp, Raynox DCR-250 Super Macro
Exposure: f/22, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-06 10:02
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Points: 20
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The Common Palmfly, Elymnias hypermnestra, is a species of satyrid butterfly found in south Asia.


As some other species in the genus Elymnias, the Common Palmfly presents a precostal cell on the hindwings and a hair tuft of androconial scales on dorsal discal cell of hindwings. This butterfly species is dimorphic, males and females do not look alike. Males exhibit black colored upperside forewings with small blue patches and reddish brown color on upperside hindwings, while the females mimic butterfly species of the genus Danaus.

Race caudata (Western Ghats) Males and female resembles E. undularis, Drury, but both sexes have the wings longer, proportionately to their breadth, and the tail at apex of vein 4 on the hind wing longer. Upperside: male differs from E. undularis as follows : the subterminal and preapical spots on the fore wing white suffused slightly with dark scales; the terminal half of the hind wing tawny, more or less suffused with dusky black, which in some specimens forms a distinct border along the termen. Female similar to the female of E. undularis, but the black more extended ; veins 2, 3, and 4 on the hind wing broadly bordered with black. Underside: Female differs from E. undularis in the more conspicuous broadly triangular white pre-apical patch on the fore wing, and in the prominence of the broad tawny terminal half of the upperside of the hind wing, which shows through a pale, sometimes pinkish-brown on the underside. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen brown, paler beneath and much paler in the female than in the male.

Race undularis (Subhimalayas and Southeast Asia) Male upperside blackish brown. fore wing with a subterminal series of blue or sometimes slightly green elongate spots, curving strongly inwards and getting more elongate opposite apex, forming almost an oblique bar up to the costa. Hind wing: the terminal margin broadly bright chestnut, sometimes with a subterminal paler spot in two or more of the interspaces. Underside pale brown, the basal two-thirds of both fore and hind wing densely, the outer third more sparsely covered with dark ferruginous, somewhat broad, transverse striae. Fore wing with a broadly triangular pale purplish-white preapical mark; both fore and hind wings with a broad subterminal area purplish white. Hind wing with a small white spot opposite middle of the costa and a more or less complete series of more obscure whitish subterminal spots. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen brown; abdomen beneath paler.

Female Upperside tawny, veins black. Fore wing : the dorsal margin broadly black; the apical area beyond a line curving from the tornus, round apex of the cell and a little beyond it, to the base of the costa also black, the wing crossed preapically by a conspicuous, broad, oblique white bar, and three subterminal white spots. Hind wing: dorsal margin dusky; terminal broadly, costal margin more narrowly black ; a subterminal series of four white spots. Underside tawny, with markings similar to those in the male; the pale whitish markings more extensive ; the dorsal margin broadly without striae.

Race fraterna, Butler (Sri Lanka) is an insular representative of E. undularis.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Satyrinae
Genus: Elymnias
Species: hypermnestra

Source : Wikipedia

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-06 10:08]

Hello Haraprasan,
Lovely capture of this super macro Palmfly.
Well exposed with good detail and nice colour.
A good clear image.Well done.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Haraprasan,
Very good close-up shot of this Common Palmfly; good POV and composition, sharp fine details.

Hi My dear Friend Haraprasan, a great close up capture of the fore part of a pretty butterfly with excellent calrity.
TFS and cheers,

hello Haraprasan

excellent close-up and i would say portrait photo of this butterfly,
shot with fine POV and framing, i love the reflection
betweent the insect's and his environment's colour tones, TFS


Daring close-up of the lateral front of this uncommon butterfly, HP.
The details and colours are very good.
Well done and TFS.

Hello Prasan,
Good closeup with a fine pose on the Palmfly!
I loved the warm colouration in this image
many thanks for the sharing

  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 103 W: 39 N: 11] (54)
  • [2009-01-07 4:51]
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hello Hara

This looks to be very near close up macro of the butterfly for a 18-200mm lens and you seem able to magnify this shot very nicely. Strong color saturation and I can really see good detail on its wings and head.

I wonder if that is a patch on the wing with the white dot? It looks a bit distracting if not cloned out.

tfs, bill

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-01-07 5:49]

Hello Haraprasan, superb close up shot of a butterfly's fore part.
TFS and regrds,

Hello Haraprasan, wonderful portrait shot of this butterfly.
TFS and regards,

Hello Haraprasan
Very beautiful macro shot of a butterfly. Detailes and sharpness are wonderful.
TFS and greetings,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-01-07 10:18]

Hi Haraprasan
Excellent closed up image.Sharp image with great POV.Detail and colors are very nice.
TFS Michel

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