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Common Baron

Common Baron
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Copyright: arun tp (aruntp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix F 500 EXR
Exposure: f/5.2, 1/450 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-08-30 3:54
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Name : Common Baron
Scientific Name : Euthalia aconthea

he Common Baron (Euthalia aconthea)—often called simply baron—is a medium-sized nymphalid butterfly native to India and Southeast Asia. It flies with stiff wing beats and often glides. The wing is not flapped very far below the horizontal.

The male is brown with slight traces of olive. The forewing has two transverse short black lines at the base, a black loop across the middle, and another beyond apex of cell, with their centres dark brown, followed by an angulated discal dark brown band bordered outwardly by a series of five white spots; two preapical white spots beyond and a broad, somewhat diffuse, subterminal black band broadening over the apex and angulated inwards in interspace 1. Hind wing shaded with dark brown at base, two crescent-shaped dark brown loop-like marks in cell; a discal series of dark brown, elongate, outwardly acute, inwardly diffuse, somewhat hastate spots, followed by a subterminal series of small spots of the same colour. Underside ochraceous brown. Fore wing on the underside shows five transverse slender black lines across cell; a black spot below median vein; discal and preapical white spots as on the upperside, succeeded by a postdiscal series of somewhat diffuse crescent-shaped black marks, and a broad terminal pale lilac band not reaching the apex, bordered narrowly along the termen with dark brown. Hind wing with four or five slender black loops at base, a posteriorly obsolescent postdiscal series of diffuse black marks and a subterminal series of black dots; the termen near apex touched with pale lilac. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen dark brown, the antennae ochraceous at the tip, the body paler beneath.

The female is similar but of a paler shade. Upperside forewing differs from that of the male in the absence of the dark discal and subterminal bands, and in the series of discal spots being elongate, much larger. The hind wing has the discal series of outwardly pointed black-markings only as traces. Underside similar to that of the male, but the groundcolour more ochraceous, the markings larger, more diffuse.

Race vasanta, Moore is found in Sri Lanka. It resembles the nominate race, but in the male the white spots on the fore wing are entirely absent, above and below ; the discal hand on both fore and hind wing on the upperside is more irregular and not nearly so well-defined ; on the fore wing the interspace between it and the subterminal band and on the hind wing the posterior half suffused with dark green 5 the terminal margin of the fore and anterior half of the hind wing tinged with pink. Underside similar, but both the ground-colour and markings paler; the latter less prominent. Female. Differs prominently on both upper and under sides in the discal row of white spots being more oblique and complete, extending from the costa to near the apex of interspace 2.

Race acontius is found in the Andaman Islands.

The wing expanse is 68-79 mm.


Throughout peninsular India, except in the desert tracts, and the higher ranges of the Himalayas; Assam; Burma; Tenasserim, extending to the peninsula, and Sumatra.

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Hello Arun,
the butterfly is well camouflaged against its BG giving a good natural effect to the shot.
Nice composition with the image well placed in the frame.
Regards Les.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-08-30 4:17]

Hi Arun,
Rare like a butterfly ..
Very good POV and composition, natural colours and very good sharpness .
Best wishes,

Ciao Arun. lovely compo for the interesting spcie taken in good details and perfect sharp. Amazinh light MF.


Arun, that's a grand capture of my favorite butterfly sitting on the ground. From this top perspective, you have got very fine details on its wings. Despite similarity between the colour of the subject and that of the ground, the elegant creature stands out sharply.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-08-30 6:48]

Hello Arun,
Beautiful butterfly in nice camouflaged colours and excellent sharpness. Fine diagonal composition.

yes, this is the butterfly from my country.. and a species, i had loved so much :)
thanks for sharing this photograph, Arun. a good capture.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-08-30 10:25]

Hello Arun.
Wonderful capture of this beautiful butterfly with nice soft details and DOF/POV.
Many thanks for sharing this!Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-08-30 14:44]

Hi Arun,a magnificent specie taken whit a great great class! How i like this magic light! Beautiful perpective in diagonal and the best wings position for the best details.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2012-08-30 22:19]

Hello Arun,
Very nice photo presentation of this Butterfly species, excellent sharp photo and useful description of this species, TFS!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-08-31 4:17]

Hello Arun,
A very fine and beautiful butterfly for your already great collection! Amazing light here, I was thinking about the flash ,but it isn't the case. Interesting to see too the well chosen ground to camouflage well. Fine and natural shot.

Hi Arun

Nice self contrasting catch of this common baron, the clear profile helps to peel the Baron from the BG.
Thanks Himanshu

Amazing butterfly, regards, TFS, Ferran

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  • girni Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 0 N: 13] (193)
  • [2012-10-04 2:59]

très joli sol et détails et les couleurs du papillon ;sa position est bien choisie;

Hello Arun.

Thank you for that picture of this butterfly,Euithalia aconthea.

Interesting subject, not very frequent in Treknature, and very properly catched for us. I appreciate the combination of the brown butterfly and the color of the background, like a “camouflage”.

The composition is good good.
The point of view is excellent with the “game” between the butterfly and the soil. And very good to see the wings open.
The sharpness is perfect good with an appropriated depth of field. Nice background.
The colors and contrast are natural.

Thank you for the sharing of this interesting photography of an unusual butterfly.
See you soon on trek nature for other pictures.

Best regards.


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