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Blue Pansy (Junonia orithya)

Blue Pansy (Junonia orithya)
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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: 2009-08-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 XR DiII LD Asp, Kenko UV 62mm
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-29 10:01
Viewed: 4120
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Junonia orithya is a Nymphalid butterfly with many subspecies occuring from Africa, through southern and south-eastern Asia, and in Australia. In India its common English name is the Blue Pansy, but in southern Africa it is known as the Eyed Pansy as the name Blue Pansy refers to Junonia oenone.

In Australia this butterfly is known as the Blue Argus.


Male upperside : somewhat more than half the fore wing from base velvety black, apical half dull fuliginous ; cell-area with or without two short transverse orange bars ; a blue patch above, the tornus; the outer margin of the basal black area obliquely zigzag in a line from the middle of costa to apex of vein 2, including a large discal, generally obscure ocellus, which, however, in some specimens is prominently ringed with orange-yellow. Beyond this a broad while irregularly oblique discal band followed by a short oblique preapical bar from costa ; a small black orange-ringed ocellus beneath the bar, a subterminal continuous line of white spots in the interspaces and a terminal jet-black slender line; cilia alternately dusky black and white. Hind wing blue shaded with velvety black towards base; a postdiscal black white-centred orange and black-ringed ocellus in interspace 2, a round minutely white-centred velvety black spot (sometimes entirely absent) in interspace 5; the termen narrowly white, traversed by an inner and an outer subterminal and a terminal black line ; cilia white.

Underside fore wing: basal half with three black-edged, sinuous, broad, ochraceous-orange transverse bands, followed by the pale discal baud ; ocelli, preapical short bar, subterminal and terminal markings much as on the upperside; the discal band margined inwardly by a broad black angulated line which follows the outline of the black area of the upperside. Hied wing irrorated with dusky scales and transversely crossed by subbasal and discal slender zigzag brown lines and a postdiscal dark shade, on which are placed the two ocelli as on the upperside; sub terminal and terminal faint brown lines, and a brownish short streak tipped black at the tornal angle below the lower ocellus.

Female. Similar, with similar but larger and more clearly defined ocelli and markings ; the basal half of the fore and hind wings on the upper-side fuliginous brown, scarcely any trace of blue on the hind wing. Antennae brown, head reddish brown, thorax and abdomen above brownish black: palpi, thorax and abdomen beneath dull white.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-07-29 10:50]

Hi Haraprasan,

This Blue Pansy is jumping off the screen! The colors are beautiful and rich - the wing markings are stunning. The details of the butterfly are excellent. A perfect leafy background and a fantastic corner composition.


hello Haraprasan

with the POV and framing this is a excellent photo,
with the wonderful luminosity and colour tones
this is a beautiful photo, TFS


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-07-29 11:50]

Hello Haraprasan,
Very nice photo. Very good lightning compo with brigh natural colours.Best regards Siggi

Majestuosa y de gran rareza, al menos para esta zona ya que nunca la había visto. Cada dia nos da una sorpresa nueva el mundo de los insectos.

Namastay bhaijaan Hara,

Awesome capture of a colourful nymphalid species!
Very balanced exposure and great details MF!
TFS and have a nice night!


Good shot of a Blue Pansy from your last year's shoot, HP.
The subject stands out very sharply against a blurry green BG.
I find this species of Pansies the most attractive.
Well done and TFS.

Once more नमस्ते to you my friend .... MOST RESPECTFULLY.
Loved your notes.... so detailed.
Also loved the B/G for this subject of EXCELLENT clarity.
Highly impressive work.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-07-30 3:11]

Hello Haraprasan,
very beautiful pansy. The blue really captivate the eyes. You have shown in great sharpness and beauty. The positioning too gives a good visual effect.
It seems to float on the green air.
well done.


Ciao Haraprasan, superb macro of fantastic butterfly, fine details, splendid colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

hi haraprasan,
nice capture of the blue pansy, these season i have not seen any one of them, liked the colors and the composition here, the open winged beauty looks great,
tfs & regards

Hello Haraprasan,

another very good macro from you from this beautiful butterfly.
Grat pov, exellent details.
fine colours.


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-07-31 15:32]

Hi Haraprasan,
An excellent capture of this beauty in great colors and splendid sharpness,details.TFS.

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2010-08-01 9:52]

Hello Haraprasan,

Excellent macro of this beautifull butterfly, great détails and colors of the wings.
Very good sharpness and good note, POV and B/G are perfect.
Have a good sunday.

Hallo Haraprasan,
what a beautiful macro shot of this wonderful butterfly, good sharpness and fantastic colours, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-08-02 8:28]

Hello Haraprasan,
The Blue Pansy looks fantastic here against the soft background! Details are very sharp and colours beautiful. A very nice composition too!
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Hi haraprasan.
Awesome macro of a colourfull butterfly! Great details and nice composition!
Great POV.
TFS. Kind regards,

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