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Common Wanderer on a Caesarweed flower

Common Wanderer on a Caesarweed flower
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Copyright: samiran nandy (samiran88) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 834 W: 85 N: 1657] (10271)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-10-09
Categories: Insects, Flowers
Camera: Nikon D3200, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-10-09 6:54
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Male Common Wanderer on a Caesarweed flower

Common Name : Common Wanderer
Bengali Name: Taller

Scientific Name : Pareronia valeria (Cramer) The Common Wanderer (Pareronia valeria) is a medium sized butterfly of the family Pieridae, that is, the Yellows and Whites, and is found in India.

Wingspan : 65 - 80 mm

Colour : Sky-blue (sky blue) or bluish white with black markings.

Habit : Males fly untiringly between 1-5 m above the ground, rarely rest and bask with their wings open. Feed only on flowers. Can access nectar from flowers like Plumbago, with its 3 cm long proboscis.
Male upperside: ground-colour a clear pale blue of a much deeper tint than in P. avatar, Moore; all the veins defined with black. Fore wing: costa broadly, apex and terminal margin very broadly black, this black on the termen narrowed towards the tornus, and traversed by a transverse subterminal series of bluish-white spots that are variable in number; the spot in interspace 3 shifted inwards; sometimes the posterior two spots of the series are all but joined on to the streaks of the groundcolour between the veins. Hind wing: dorsal and costal margins broadly whitish: terminal margin broadly black, especially at apex, the black area covered, except at the tornus, with specialised opaque-looking scales. Underside: paler blue, the terminal margins of the wings obscurely fuscous, traversed by a subterminal, very indistinct, transverse series of whitish lunulated spots. Fore wing: the veins more or less broadly bordered with black, this edging broadened towards the termen; apex broadly, terminal margin decreasingly to the tornus, suffused with a somewhat obscure pearly-while lustre. Hind wing: the subcostal vein and veins 6, 7, and 8 broadly, the rest of the veins very narrowly edged with black; a very fine black line in interspace 1. Cilia of both fore and hind wings very narrow and white. Antennae black, head, thorax and abdomen fuscous, the thorax clothed with long bluish hairs ; beneath : the palpi, thorax and abdomen pale silvery bluish-white.

Larval Host Plants : Woody climbers of family Capparaceae like Capparis rheedii, Capparis zeylanica etc.

Location : Santiniketan

About The Flower : Botanical name: Urena lobata Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Common name: Caesarweed • Hindi: Bachita, Unga, Lapetua • Manipuri: সমপাকপী Sampakpi • Marathi: वनभॆंडी Vanbhendi • Tamil: Ottatti • Telugu: Nalla Benda, Pedda Benda • Kannada: Otte
Caesarweed is a pantropical weed, having pink flowers like miniature hollyhocks. Many taxonomists now believe it evolved somewhere in Asia. Caesarweed grows to 2 meters in height. The lobed leaves are covered in star-shaped plant hairs which give the leaves a grayish color and raspy feel. The derivation of the common name is uncertain, but may have come from the Latin caesius "bluish-gray" or caesariatus "covered in hair". The ovary of the flower is five-carpellate. If pollinated, each carpel or chamber will produce a seed. The fruit, about a centimeter in diameter, is a flattened globe and dries when mature. It snaps easily from the plant and each of the five wedge-shaped mericarps separate. The outer surface of each mericarp is covered with glochids, minute hooked spines that cling to fabrics and fur and tangle in hair.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-10-09 7:00]

Hello Samiran,
Fantastic macro of this butterfly on a splendid flower. Both are totally in focus with lovely details. Great DOF. Very beautiful light, colours, composition and background.

This is a rarely seen subject on TN, Mr Nandy, and we are obliged to see such a fine presentation of it. I don't recall seeing this species even though at one time, prolific and gifted photographers from the eastern part of India such as Sumon Sinha used to contribute outstanding pictures of exotic species from your region.
A beautiful composition with the butterfly straddling a lovely flower. The focus is immaculate and the colours and details on the wings are perfect.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-10-09 7:40]

You really got good reflexes, Samiran...can see its proboscis on the beautiful flower...I like the lighting that has brought out the blues very well..good focus at f5.6. just could have cropped out that green spot in the bottom corner. tfs.

Hi Mr.Samiran,

Very beautiful shot of this lovely specie.
Nice composition & captured from a good POV. TFS.


Hello Samiranda,
Happy Durgapuja and Dipabali.
Another outstanding capture with excellent details,beautiful composition and perfect colours.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-10-09 9:13]

Hi Samiran,spectacular capture of this magnificent beauty,what a fine design,your perfect pic is the best way to discover this beautiful and rare butterfly,very interesting,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

hallo Samiran
beautiful coloured butterfly with good sharpness and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-10-09 10:11]

Hello Samiran,
magnificent macro of the Common Wanderer.Great light balance,sharpness and natural colors too.Regards Siggi

Hello Samiran,
照的清晰 蝴蝶高度的美麗 黑白兩種彩色就顯的很高雅
造物者的偉大 光線亮麗
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Ciao Samiran, graet macro of fantastic butterfly on beautiful flower, nice blurry BG, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Samiran,
This is just fabulously beautiful! Well done!

Hi Samiran,
beautiful composition. Very good colours. Perfect point of view. Nice presentation.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2013-10-09 23:52]

beautiful image of wanderer. very difficult butterfly to photograph. you have managed well with good lighting and presentation. tfs.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-10-10 2:14]

Hello Samiran,
What a fine-clored butterfly, and what a perfect shot. Very, very pleasing your chosen composition and a very subtle color-combination.
Très beau!
Kind regards

Hi Samiran,
Great capture of this beautiful Common Wanderer! Excellent POV, marvellous composition, superb clarity and brilliant natural colors. Very well done, my friend, and have a nice day!

Excellent composition Samiran! Fantastic colours and impressive sharpness too!!

Hello Samiran
A beautiful composition, good background showing the butterfly's colours very nicely, good focus and detail.
regards yiannis

Namaste Samiran,
You have composed it beautifully, I liked the out of focus flowers and green patchy background, the ambiance is well shown.TFS

really a great artistic painting!!!!!!!!!

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