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Malabar Tree Nymph

Malabar Tree Nymph
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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: 2012-11-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix F 500 EXR
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-12-13 21:56
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Points: 28
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Name : Malabar Tree Nymph
Scientific name : idea malabarica

The Malabar Tree-nymph or Malabar Tree Nymph (Idea malabarica) is a large butterfly found in peninsular India that belongs to the danaid group of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in forest clearings and above the forest canopy.

The Malabar Tree Nymph has a wingspan of 120–154 mm. It appears as a mostly white butterfly with black markings. Upperside semitransparent white, sometimes slightly infuscate with a powdering of black scales. Forewing with the following black marks:— narrow margins on both sides of the veins, a dusky streak along dorsum, large sub-basal spots in interspaces 1 and 2 (produced inwardly in former), a large oval spot crossing three streaks in discoidal cell, a spot above it in interspace 11, a broad margin to the discocellulars and three rows of spots on outer half of wing, the discal series outwardly conical and curved sharply inwards opposite apex, the subterminal series in pairs coalescent on the veins, the terminal series elongate on veins and in interspaces; costa with a black streak at base, beyond black and white alternately. Hindwing with similar markings; cell with two streaks, the upper forked towards apex; costa white, two spots not touching the vein below in interspace 8; paired spots on veins 5, 8, and 7 not coalescent but one behind the other, black. Underside similar. Antennae black; head and thorax streaked and spotted with black; abdomen white, with broad dusky black streak above.

ChrysalisA variety kanarensis, Moore, has been noted to be identical in markings but always smaller. It was recorded from the Konkan and North Kanara but is most likely.


Seen only in Western Ghats, Southern India

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Hi arun. I like this Malabar Tree Nymph very much. It's the wing pattern I like. The pattern pulls your view to the outside of the wings like an illusion. I'm not a butterfly lover, but this one I like. I would have cropped this tightly around the lower butterfly for a closeup. You have a nice background for the lower one. Maybe slowly I will appreciate butterflies. TFS Trevor

Ciao Arun, great macro of lovely couple of beautiful butterflies, one in-flight with blurred wings, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Arun.
Nice collection,captured with good clarity,I think this spices is uncommon in my area.
TFS and my regards.

great flight capture, TFS Ori

This is a chance shot in which you have one butterfly already settled on a leaf and another taking off or flying around above it, Arun. The effect is quite dramatic.
The settled Malabar Nymph is well captured with its typical wing patterns and colours.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-12-14 4:49]

Hello Arun
You got a two for one here, I like the pose of the first one with the wings nicely span resting and on the second one capture taking off provide activities nice combination
TFS Michel

hello arun,
superb action shot with perfect composition. use of 1/30 shutter speed is unique.
best wishes,

Hi Arun,
incredible photo! Amazing capture of these butterflies. Excellent composition. Many details. Perfect portrait.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Arun.
Complimenti per la stupenda composizione,bellissimi i colori ed un’eccellente nitidezza,bello l’effetto creatosi con uno degli esemplari di farfalla,bravo.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della composizione.

Hello Arun

The slow shutter speed gives that blur effect
to show the 2nd butterfly's motion, and great
focus, sharpness, and details of the 1st one, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-12-14 12:03]

Hi Arun,whay a beauty! I never seen before this specie,very strange and magnificent,great details on the wings to see at the top the splendid desing,i like the moving effect of the other on the top too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-12-15 5:13]

Glad to see this species from you, well captured. tfs.

Hi Arun
what a beautiful butterfly species. You nicely captured them together. Wings movements very nice. Also natural colors and presentation. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes.

Hello Arun
The Malabar Tree Nymph has interesting markings. It's great you could find one that was still. I know how hard they can be to photograph. Good details and colour.
All the best in 2013.

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