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Copyright: Iris Hues (iris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX100 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/25 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-24 10:18
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Christmas....Hello after a long time, Just passing by to send my Greetings to you this Season!!!

The Monkey Puzzle, Rathinda amor (Fabricius) was found at our Kerala home's backyard. This is a small lycaenid or blue butterfly found mainly in south Asia.

Sexes alike. Wingspan - 26 to 28 mm. Upperside - The butterfly is dark brown. It has a white-spot end cell. Has narrow white spots on a short band on the forewing. On the UPH it has two black tornal spots and narrow dark reddish spot above them. Underside - is white to dark yellowish brown. Forewing has irregular dark basal markings with a curved white discal line. The apical two-fifths are a rich dark brown colour. The hindwing has a silvery margin with many irregular black lines and spots within. Has three tails, of 2 mm, 6 mm and 2.5 mm in length respectively.

Is found in jungle areas of moderate to heavy rainfall - both, in heavy forest and scrub. Butterfly occurs below 900 meters or so. Keeps to undergrowth and can be seen along forest paths and in clearings.

Has a weak flight, it stays low and does not fly for long without alighting. Its method of alighting is interesting - as soon as it lands, it turns around and waggles its tail filaments, it also sidesteps for a while - all this is apparently to confuse a predator as to which side is the head. This is a likely reason that the first naturalists may have named the species the Monkey Puzzle.

Scientific classification :
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Theclinae
Genus: Rathinda
Species: R. amor

Thanks for stopping by!!!

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Hello Iris,
This is a superb shot of this beautiful butterfly. The colours are exquisite, the focus sharp and the overall composition wondrous.The eye of the butterfly seem to wish all a merry Christmas....have a happy 2010...thanks for sharing...warmest regards/Abid

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-12-24 15:16]

Hi Iris,

It is soooo good to see you again! This unusual looking butterfly makes a lovely Greeting Card. I love how he is posed on the green leaf. Nice colors and details and a new one for me. Hope to see you here in 2010.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-24 15:21]

Hi Iris,i have a lot of fun seeing all the differents Xmas postcard from the TE members...and what a lot of nices and differents ideas! Your is truely nice,new and compose at the best,and what a beautiful and fantastic specie! Merry Christmas to you and your family,Luciano

A truly magnificent picture of this pretty butterfly.
The generally brown subject looks amazingly attractive on the broad green leaf.
Wish you too a Merry Christmas!

Hello Iris,
great macro with amazing butterfly.
Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Happy Christmas Iris!
splendid colorful macro photo!

Hi Iris!

Many thanks for dropping in and especially many thanks for your kind Christmass wishes and this superb picture. I take the opportunity to wish you a happy new year and hope that all your dreams will come true!

Kind regards


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-12-25 1:26]

Hola Iris,
Superb capture,
high quality and definition.
pov attractive. and frame
greetings and great time of Christmas to you

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-25 2:07]

Hello Iris,
Nice to see a photo from you again. Very beautiful Christmas greeting in a splendid colours, sharpness and composition. Thanks.
Merry Christmas to you and your family too,

Ciao Silpha, lovely butterfly with fantastic colors, wonderful details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, Merry Christmas to you and your family, ciao Silvio

Hello Silpa,
nice to see a new picture from you; fantastic macro shot of the Monkey Puzzle, superb sharpness and very beautiful colours, excellent POV and composition
Merry Christmas to youand your family too
Ciao Maurizio

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-12-25 4:00]

Hi Iris.
My best wishes for Holiday season and New Year.
Superb macro shot with terrific POV, 3D-looking and great sharpness and details of the beautiful butterfly and impressive leaf. Bravo. Excellent work. My compliments.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-12-25 23:36]

Beautiful species and brilliantly captured with details. tfs.

hello Silpa

Happy Christmas time also for you and Happy & Healthy 2010,
happy to see again photos from you and i wish to see more in coming year,
excellent macro photo with very fine POV, DOF and the way it is framed,
superb focus great sharpness and details, beautifully blurred background,



Hello Iris
ce to see anew post from you, and what a beautiful one !
superb species of butterfly and taken perfectly, with wonderful colors and sharpness
I hope you had a great Christmas and i wish you a Happy New Year

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-21 9:59]

Hi Silpa,
I missed this one also.It's like 3D again.Colors,sharpness and details are perfect.Well caught and composed.I liked visual impact also alot.It's a little late but i want to wish happy new year for you and your family:)
Thanks for posting..

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-01-22 3:42]

Hi Iris,
i wish you would stop by more often! A very well composed image with lovely colours and good detail in this beautifully marked butterfly, well done!

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-22 9:40]

Hi Iris,
This beautiful image.
Nice framed and play, congratulations.
Their beautiful colors and contrast. An outstanding macro.
Many Greetings from Germany,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-27 7:46]

Hello Iris,
Better late than never and here I am to admire your lovely capture of this gorgeous butterfly! The details and colours are really wonderful and I like the plain background. Very well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-27 22:01]

Hi Iris,
really a beautiful capture and a nice presentation you have here. i like the well patterned butterfly against the green background .
superbs clarity and sharpness on the wings and the eyes.
Excellent composition.


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