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Catch me if you can - part 2

Catch me if you can - part 2
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Copyright: Sowndarya Vallabhajosyula (soundaryav) Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 16 N: 27] (264)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-25
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-04-25 6:47
Viewed: 4288
Points: 16
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This was another amazing camaflouge, green butterfly (not sure of the ID) under a leaf... I rotated the picture for better viewing but will post the original as a workshop. The focus on the tips of the wings is a bit mellowed down when compared the details on the wings itself.

Please can someone help me with butterfly ID....

Thanks to Haraprasan, now I know that this is called "Catopsilia pyranthe"

More about the interesting little one courtesy Wikipedia

Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Genus: Catopsilia
Species:C. pyranthe

The Mottled Emigrant , Catopsilia pyranthe is a medium sized butterfly of the Family Pieridae found in South Asia, Southeast Asia and parts of Australia.


Upperside: chalky-white, slightly tinted in some specimens with green ( I guess I got the male one here!!)
Fore wing: with or without a discocellular black spot, that varies in size; costa and termen sometimes without a black margin; occasionally the costa has its apical third narrowly black, broadened slightly at the apex with black spots between the anterior veins; or again, the costa may be narrowly black, the apex very broadly so, and this colour continued down the termen but narrowed posteriorly.
Hind wing: sometimes immaculate, but generally with narrow terminal black spots at the apices of the veins, these often reduced to mere dots, or again so broadened as to coalesce into a narrow terminal black margin. Underside: ground-colour similar, suffused on the anterior half of the fore and over the whole surface of the hind wing with a greenish tint that varies to an ochraceous yellow, and, except in the very palest specimens, is evenly irrorated over the greenish or ochraceous-tinted areas with transverse, short, reddish-brown strigae; both fore and hind wings with generally an obscure discocellular reddish-brown spot or indication thereof.


Upperside as in the male, but sometimes with a suffusion of pale greenish yellow on the terminal third or fourth only of both fore and hind wings, rarely of that tint throughout.
Fore wing: always with a discocellular black spot that varies very much in size; costa sometimes narrowly black with the basal half pinkish, in other specimens narrowly black throughout, the black broadened at the apex and continued along the anterior half of the termen in a series of inwardly-pointed black spots; or again, the costa may be more broadly black, that colour widened considerably at the apex and continued broadly down the termen to vein 3, then suddenly narrowed to a slender line at the tornus; in most specimens there is an anterior postdiscal short black macular baud; in the dark forms this coalesce with the black on apex and termen.
Hind wing: sometimes immaculate, sometimes with a series of terminal spots at the apices of the veins, sometimes with a narrow dusky-black terminal band broadest near the apex, narrowed posteriorly to a slender line at the tornus. In the very dark specimens there is in addition an ill-defined, short anterior postdiscal macular black band.
Underside: as in the male, with similar variations, but in addition in most specimens the discocellular spots are well-defined with an outer red ring that encircles a silvery spot; on the hind wing one or two similar spots on each side of the discocellulars; generally also both wings are crossed by a transverse postdiscal line of minute red spots, which on the fore wing is confined to the anterior portion, on the hind wing is nearly complete. In both sexes: antennae reddish, head and thorax anteriorly brown, thorax clothed posteriorly with long white hairs, abdomen white: beneath: the palpi, thorax and abdomen white.

Life history:

The host plants of the species include Cassia spp. (e.g. C. fistula; C. javanica[2] or C. roxburghii[3]; C. bakeriana), Gnidia glauca,[4] Senna spp. (e.g. S. alata; S. auriculata; S. garrettiana), Crotalaria spp., Ormocarpum cochinchinense, Sesbania spp. and Colocasia.
The development period from egg to adult is 22 to 29 days allowing up to 11-12 generations a year.

Long, somewhat depressed, rough, green, with a white lateral line and above it a black line more or less conspicuous, formed by minute black shining tubercles. In short, this larva in very like a big specimen of a Eurema hecabe.

Much stouter (i.e. than that of Eurema hecabe, and the keel formed by the wing-cases much less pronounced. The normal colour is pale green with a yellow lateral line. We have never found it on any plant except [Senna occidentalis] It habitually rests on the upperside along the midrib, like almost all Pierine larvae.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-04-25 10:25]

Hola Sowndarya.
Beautiful Macro. Lovely green colors and very sharp.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-04-25 11:02]

Hello Sowndarya,
Picture taken from a very special point of view. Not easy to take pictures of butterflies seen like this. Perfect illustration for camouflage. Beautiful backlight bringing out all the nerv-system of the leafs. Interesting picture hold in different green-tones.
Thanks and best regards

Hi Sowndarya,
A nice capture of this beautiful Mottled Emigrant , Catopsilia pyranthe. Very good sharp details and also a very good and difficult to present POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Good macro of the Mottled Emigrant sheltering among large green leaves, Sowndarya. Actually, the light filtering in through the foliage has turned the scene a bit too green so that the butterfly too looks somewhat green, though its actual colour is pale yellow.
Pretty sharp focus and details.
Sometimes you may have to contort yourself into nearly impossible shape to get a better perspective, though this one is not bad at all.
Keep shooting, but thoughtfully, and all the best.

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  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2009-04-28 11:47]

Hi Sowndarya!
Good photo very colors, acuity and light super. Curious specimen butterfly .
It congratulates and I salute

Hello Sowndarya,

Nice shot of the Mottled Emigrant, the PoV is interesting and the composition is perfect.


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-04-29 1:27]

Hallo Sowndarya !
Excellent capture.
The colors are beautiful and their very good contrast.
Description is the top. Congratulations.
Have a good day,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-07-30 2:53]

Hi Sowndarya,
such a lovely and soft presentation of the butterfly. Very exciting and very well textured. The wings and the veined leaf is so exciting. you have produced a brilliant presentation.


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