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Great egg fly


Great egg fly
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Copyright: kapil koltharkar (kapildk) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 181 W: 32 N: 502] (3197)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon coolpix L110
Exposure: f/4.5
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-30 11:42
Viewed: 2475
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi friends,

My 1st picture of this great egg fly.

The Great Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina), also called the Blue Moon Butterfly in New Zealand or Common Eggfly,is a species of nymphalid butterfly.

H. bolina is a black-bodied butterfly with a wingspan of about 70–85 millimetres (2.8–3.3 in). The species has a high degree of sexual dimorphism. The female is mimetic with multiple morphs.

Male
The upper side of the wings are jet black, offset with three pairs of white spots &two on the forewing and one on the hind. These white spots are surrounded by purple iridescence. In addition, the upper side of the hind wing bears a series of small white dots.

Female:The upper side of the wings of the female is a brownish black and does not have any spots like those of the male. The edges bear white markings which are similar to those of the Common Indian Crow.

H. bolina is known for maternal care, with the females guarding leaves where eggs have been laid. Males are also very territorial and site fidelity increases with age. Territories that enhance the detection of females are preferred. The female hovers over a plant to check for ants which will eat her eggs. After selecting a plant which has no ants on it, she lays at least one but often two to five eggs on the undersides of the leaves.


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Hi Kapil,
Great shot, very very very intesting species, Thanks for sharing! I can see you've a great lepidoptera variety in your conuntry!
Regards
TFS
Jesús

Hello Kapil,
Very striking and very beautiful indeed. Well done and best wishes. A pleasure to view.
Neels

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-30 12:04]

Hi Kapil,what a magic beauty this butterfly! I like your perfect pic,the best to discover these magnificents wings,great sharpness and light balance too.Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano.

Ciao Kapil, great macro of splendid butterfly, fine details, excellent sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

A very beautiful species shown nicely against the green background. regards yiannis

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