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The Common Tiger

The Common Tiger
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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: 2009-03-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-15 3:00
Viewed: 2783
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks to Arun who gives the identity. After comparing, he is right. Thanks Arun.

The Common Tiger (Danaus genutia) is one of the common butterflies of India. It belongs to the "Crows and Tigers", that is, the danainae group of the Brush-footed butterflies family. The butterfly is also called Striped Tiger in India to differentiate it from the equally common Plain Tiger Danaus chrysippus.
D. genutia is distributed throughout India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and extending to South East Asia and Australia (except New Guinea). At least in the South Asian part of its range it is fairly common, locally very common.

This butterfly occurs in scrub jungles, fallowland adjacent to habitation, dry and moist deciduous forests, preferring areas of moderate to heavy rainfall. Also occurs in degraded hill slopes and ridges, both, bare or denuded, and, those covered with secondary growth.

While it is a strong flier, it never flies rapidly or high. It has stronger and faster strokes than the Plain Tiger. The butterfly ranges forth in search of its host and nectar plants. It visits gardens where it nectars on the flowers of Adelocaryum, Cosmos, Celosia, Lantana, Zinnia and similar flowers.

Members of this genus are leathery, tough to kill and fake death. Since they are unpleasant to smell and taste, they are soon released by the predators, recover and fly off soon thereafter.

The butterfly sequesters toxins from its foodplants of the family Asclepiadaceae. The butterflies also congregate with other danaiines to sip from the sap of Crotolaria, Heliotropium and other plants which provide the pyrrrolizidine alkaloids which they sequester. A study in Northeastern India showed a preference to foraging on Crotalaria juncea compared to Bauhinia purpurea, Barleria cristata rosea and Nerium oleander.

Ref: Wikipedia

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Hello Foozi,

another good image from an butterfly with nice framing.
Fine colours.
Exellent sharpness and details.


great capture. good sharpness and details. I think this is some other species. I dont know about Malaysian butterflies. something differs from indian. I looks like our stripped tiger.

Common Tiger is more beautiful than Plain Tiger in many respects, Foozi.
Moreover, you have shot this one with professional skill. The image is razor sharp with superb details and bright colours.
Thanks and regards.

hello Foozi
great pose with good details and beautiful colours
super shot
greeting lou

Ciao Foozi, beautiful coommon tiger, splendid details, wonderful colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Foozi. Exciting bright colours agaist the shaded green BG. Good details and great light.


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-07-15 12:40]

Hello Foozi,
very good close up of a beautiful butterfly in splendid light,colors and perfect details.TFS and regards,

Hallo Foozi,
a very beautiful composition showing this splendid butterfly, bright colours and very good sharpness, excellent POV and BG.
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-07-15 16:04]

Aaah! Simply fantastic my friend,another beautiful gift and a top quality pic...just a big big thanks,this spectacle need a great standing ovation,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-07-15 17:50]

Hi Foozi,

Another marvelous butterfly in a wonderful open winged pose. The Tiger is crisp and clear with beautiful deep colors. I love the composition.


Hi Foozi,

The leaves are framing well the butterfly. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Common Tiger butterfly. The afternoon light is bringing out the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2010-07-16 23:09]

Hello Foozi,

Common... but beautiful!
Excellent colors!!


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2010-07-19 23:42]

Hi Foozi!
Beautiful butterfly very well captured!
Great focus and excellent details.
Very good blurred BG.
Well composed an presented.
ciao! Vanda

Hi MF Foozi,

Superb close up of a beautiful common tiger b-fly!
The colours looks nice and bold, and it seems to stand out against the blurred background.
Well done my friend.
TFS and have a nice week!


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