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Common Grass Yellow - Eurema hecabe

Common Grass Yellow - Eurema hecabe
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-04-29 0:09
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Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Large- or Common Grass Yellow (Eurema hecabe) is a small pierid butterfly species found in Asia. They are found flying close to the ground and are found in open grass and scrub habitats. It is simply known as "the grass yellow" in parts of its range; the general term otherwise refers to the entire genus Eurema.
The Common Grass Yellow exhibits seasonal polymorphism, or polyphenism. The lepidopteran has a darker summer morph, triggered by a long day exceeding 13 hours in duration, while the shorter diurnal period of 12 hours or less induces a fairer morph in the post-monsoon period.

Races of the Grass yellow

Upperside: yellow, variable in tint from sulphur to rich lemon-yellow according to locality with a light or heavy rainfall. Fore wing: apex and termen deep black, this colour continued narrowly along the costal margin to base of wing, near which it often becomes diffuse; the inner margin of the black area from costa to vein 4 very oblique and irregular, between veins 2 and 4 excavate on the inner side, this excavation outwardly rounded between the veins and inwardly toothed on vein 3; below vein 2 the black area is suddenly dilated into a square spot which occupies the whole of the tornal angle; the inner margin of this dilatation is variable, in the typical form slightly concave. Hind wing: terminal margin with a narrow black band which is attenuated anteriorly and posteriorly ; dorsal margin broadly paler than the ground-colour.

Underside : yellow, generally a slightly paler shade than that of the upperside, with the following reddish-brown markings. Fore wing: two small spots or specks in basal half of cell and a reniform spot or ring on the discocellulars. Hind wing: a slightly curved subbasal series of three small spots, an irregular slender ring or spot on the discocellulars, followed by a highly irregular, curved, transverse, discal series of spots or specks, some or all of which are often obsolescent. On both fore and hind wings the veins that attain the costal and terminal margins end in minute reddish-brown specks. Antenna greyish yellow, the club black; head, thorax and abdomen yellow, shaded with fuscous scales; beneath: the palpi, thorax and abdomen yellowish white. The sex-mark seen from above appears as a thickening of the basal half of the median vein on the fore wing.

Upperside: Very similar to that of the male but without the sex-mark; the black areas on both fore and hind wings slightly broader, with the inner edge of the black terminal band on the hind wing often diffuse.

Underside: ground-colour and markings as in the male. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen similarly coloured.

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Hello Foozi,

Nice image of the grass yellow, a vertical format could have been better to enhance the image,infact you can try several compositions it has lot of space which you can play around,nice colours and sharpness. tfs

Powerful fresh lemon color and pleasant composition, Foozi! Well done!Good notes too!
George Veltchev

Ciao Foozi. Fine detaisl on wing's weft with exciting colours results. Indeed well done.


Ciao Foozi, beautiful Eurema ecaba, splendid bright colors, excellent sharpness and wonderful details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-04-29 5:42]

Fine species of Yellow on Coat buttons, good lighting and colors. Still I feel the saturation is bit extra. tfs.

hello Foozi
great sharpness and nice light with beautiful colours
super BG.
greeting lou

Hi Foozi,
I like the warm contrasty colours, nice impact.Pinsharp image of both butterfly and flower showing intense detail.Well done and TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-04-29 8:33]

Hello Foozi,
Excellent sharp capture of the Grass Yellow balancing nicely on the little flower. Lovely colours too and well composed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

hello Foozi

this all yellow colored butterfly it is very beautiful,
photo shot with fine POV and framing, superbly focused
with great sharpness and details, very beautiful photo, TFS


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-04-29 9:51]

Hello Foozi,
You captured this Common Grass Yellow with almost perfect sharpness from a perfect lateral POV against the natural OOF green BG and the composition is pleasing to make this an excellent butterfly shot.
Thanks and best regards,

Buen enfoque y control de la luz, con un equilibrio del conjunto difícil de conseguir que conseguis de buena manera.

Un abrazo.

Hi Foozi,

an good pov and detailed picture from these butterfly.
Fine colours.


congratulzioni for the beautiful picture, excellent sharpness and contrast
Hello Vanni

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-04-29 13:31]

Hi Foozi,not easy a perfect yellow like that in the full light of sun,you manage very well the white balance of your camera,excellent sharpness and composition too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO.

Hi Foozi,

Now that's a real butter-coloured butterfly! The details you've captured are terrific! The butterfly looks so elegant, perched on that flower. One can see all of the details of its head and legs. Very effective POV! Good blurred BG. Although, it seems a bit too intense for my taste. I might have been tempted to crop a bit closer on the right, but the way you have it is fine also. I did a workshop to make the BG a bit softer. I fixed the frame at the top left also. I hope that you find it useful.


Hello Foozi
this butterfly stand out well against the BG, great DOF and splendide colors !
this Common Grass Yellow is very well detailed
a superb image TFS
Have a nice day

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-04-30 2:17]

Hello Foozi,
You seem to like color-contrasts and with this fine picture you give us a pleasing example again! Excellent sharpness on the wings which allows us to see a lot of fine details.
Luminoius shot.
Thanks and kind regards

Hello Foozi,

Well composed, nice focus, excellent tone and wonderful photograph!
It's so brilliant on the contrast of yellow, gold and green color.
And, the color contrast between the front and backgroud with blurred image draws out a indeed good effect.


Hello Foozi,
a very beautiful capture of the Common Grass Yellow taken from an excellent pov with very good sharpness, bright colours, very well composed.
Best regards

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-04-30 7:34]

Salam Foozi,
A beautiful butterfly composition of macro ...
Frame, sharp detail and color are wonderful.
best wishes,

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2010-04-30 22:59]

Ya Foozi,
Assalamualia kum,

Just yesterday me with a TL friend were on the foot of Mehrdad mountain, we saw lot of butterfiles but I had no such gear though I did try but fail, it is a nice shot with beautiful colours and I know it is need much patience to keep static and silence.
TFS, regards.


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2010-05-02 11:28]

hi Foozi
superbe macro, j'aime beaucoup la simplicité de l'ensemble avec ce papillon jaune isolé dans un fond vert uni.


Hi Foozi,

The butterfly is well placed in the framed. The macro point of view is showing the details and colors of the Common Grass Yellow butterfly. The blurry background is putting in evidence the butterfly. Have a nice day.


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