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Mating Dance of Red Pierrots

Mating Dance of Red Pierrots
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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: 2014-05-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-05-26 5:07
Viewed: 1166
Points: 24
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Friends, today morning at about 8.15 AM, I witnessed a strange and amusing happening featuring Red Pierrot butterflies in my school garden. As I mentioned a few days ago, this year there are hordes of them in the garden. Today, a mating pair of them was perched on a rose flower. Suddenly, a large number of other Red Pierrots started converging on the same spot and disturbing the mating pair. At one point, I counted 5 of them on the same rose flower including the lovers. (I have a clear picture of them which I will post later.) Today, I am posting this one in which you can see the mating pair and the other two interlopers in mid flight. This is one of the most exciting butterfly pictures I have ever taken and I do hope you will enjoy watching them.

The Red Pierrot (Talicada nyseus) is a small but striking butterfly found in South Asia and South-East Asia belonging to the Lycaenids or Blues family. The Red Pierrots, often found perching on the Kalanchoe plant, are usually noticed due to their striking patterns and colors.


The Red Pierrot is a weak flier, and flutters about close to the ground. It flies in short bursts and settles often but not for very long. It basks with its wings half open, but prefers shade to sun and jungle or undergrowth to open areas. It keeps on the wing almost till dark when it settles on the undersides of leafs and twigs often in company. It is sluggish early in the morning and late in the evening. It visits flowers of herbs especially of the amaranthaceae and acanthaceae family for nectar. It visits both ornamental and wild flowers and varieties of Alternanthera are among its favourite.

It always sits with its wings closed to display the bright markings of its undersides. It fearlessness, weak flight and distinctive markings all indicate that it is a protected butterfly, which is peculiar considering that its host plants are not known to contain any sequestrable toxins.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-05-26 5:51]

Hello Ram,
Congratulations for this most interesting and spectacular picture. Lucky you have been again. And the quality with so many butterflies is just amazing.
Kind regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-05-26 7:50]

Hello Ram,
Indeed an exciting photo with a spectacular happening. The quality of the photo is amazing. Taken from the best POV in great sharpness and DOF. Beautiful colours, including the blurred background. Fantastic composition.

hallo Ram
great to see so many of this specie together
nice colours to
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Ram, that's amazing, fantastic caoture of lovely quartet, superb scene, excellent sharpness, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, BRAVISSIMO, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-05-26 15:36]

Waaw! I dream to do the same one day,this is an absolutely masterwork! You caught in the best way this very lucky meeting,spectacular detail,especially on the in flight open wings butterfly,2 points are not enough today! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano


Very beautiful artistic shot ,excellent colours, fine contrast, beautiful flower with butterfly in the Nature of your country,

very nice hunted with camera,
very well done and Thanks!

Good luck, ***


Hello Ram,
Bravo pour cette excellente capture. C'est assez incroyable d'avoir pu figer le vol des papillons et d'obtenir une telle nettet sur l'ensemble d'un sujet qui est en mouvement .
Merci du partage.

Hello Ram!
Hope you are fine and doing well. This is a very well taken shot of these beautiful Pierrots. You did well by capturing them in flight; the one with open wings is the main attraction for me. Thanks for sharing this fine composition,
Best Regards,

Ciao Ram. Great time for the interesting situation. Fantastic poker of colours.


Hello Ram

With the flower this is a 5 in 1 photo ! beautiful scenery with fine POV and framing,
all the subjects well focused with sharpness and details, the pose of the bottom one
in-flight it is bringing dynamism to the photo, TFS


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Very nice photo indeed. The flying butterfly at the bottom makes the whole photo come alive. Well done.

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