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Ariadne merione

Ariadne merione
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-11-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-11-23 23:00
Viewed: 1292
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Winter has set in here in Jammu and butterflies and other insects have almost vanished. Only some Common Castors are on the wing and they are mostly at the terminal stage of their lives, like the one I shot yesterday. This is its dry season form. Here it is.

Ariadne merione, also known as the Common Castor, is an orange butterfly with brown lines whose larvae feed almost exclusively on Castor Ricinus communis. It is similar in appearance to Ariadne ariadne, the Angled Castor.

This species is found in south-eastern Asia. Their wingspan ranges between 3035mm. Like others in the Nymphalidae family, their front two legs are small and unused, effectively making them four-legged. These smaller appendages are covered with long hairs, giving them the characteristic brush look.

Dry Season Form

Upperside : ground-colour much paler, the transverse lines more distinctly in pairs, forming bands, the ground-colour between each pair more dusky brown. Underside similar to that in the wet-season form, but the ground-colour paler, the bands more diffuse.


All over India, Simla to Sikkim in the Himalayas and recorded from Rajasthan and Bengal; Assam; Burma; Malayan Subregion.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-11-24 1:02]

Hello Ram,
Exceptional beauty, this Common Castor. Very beautiful markings on the wings. Nice photo in good sharpness and natural colours. Pleasing contrasts.

Hi Ram,
You were a bit sentimental between your lines in your note, and me too because the winter is coming and no butterflies can survive. Excellent capture of this Common Castor in dry form in faint and dull color like the season. Nice lighting, marvellous composition, and splendid natural colors. Very well done, my friend. Thanks and have a nice day!

Hello Ram,
照的清晰 很漂亮的蝴蝶
光線亮麗 照的真是美極了
構圖美麗 謝謝分享

hallo Ram
great shot with good details and a nice composition
the colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Hello Ram, Very nice shot on this Common Castor. The intricate pattern on the wings are clearly presented. Very well done. JC

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-11-24 10:57]

Hello Ram,
Even though it is a bit tattered and torn this butterfly still displays some of it's intricate and beautiful markings from earlier days. From this photo I can only imagine how pretty it must have been when it first emerged from it's pupa.
Nice sharp focus and shown in an attractive manner under just the right lighting. Your leaf also looks interesting with it's uniquely shaped serrated edges. Well done!!

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

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-11-24 13:05]

Hi Ram,absolutely perfect this capture of the common castor,what a details and what a colors,great contrast whit the green leaf in background,i like it! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hello Sir.
Beautiful image of this Common Castor.
Good colour with perfect sharpness.
wing open butterfly is always is beautiful.
with regards.

Interesting butterfly and beautiful photo Ram! Good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

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