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Common Castor On a Platter

Common Castor On a Platter
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Copyright: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/2.8, 30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Chattisgarh
Theme(s): Butterflies of Asia, Butterfly Encyclopedia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-13 3:49
Viewed: 3357
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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 a very active butterfly but weak on the wing. It flies gracefully as if sailing through the air among the castor plants or any dense vegetation. It is fond of resting on leaves at the top canopy, keeping the wings slowly moving sideways and always nearer to host plant.

This species is found in south-eastern Asia. Their wingspan ranges between 30-35cm. 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.

Male: Upper side brownish ochraceous. Fore and hind wings crossed by slender, somewhat obscure, very sinuous or zigzag dark basal, two subbasal and two discal lines disposed in pairs, followed by a single, sometimes double, postdiscal and a single subterminal slender line. All these lines more or less interrupted anteriorly on the hind wing, which has a smooth unmarked uniform appearance from costa to subcostal vein and vein 5. On the fore wing there is in addition a series of obscure spots between the postdiscal and subterminal markings, arid a small white subcostal spot before the apex. Underside much as in Ergolis ariadne, but the transverse chestnut bands broader, more diffuse. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen brownish ochraceous. Sex-mark on the underside of the fore wing as in E. ariadne no sex-mark on upper side of hind wing.

Female: Similar; but on the upperside the transverse lines broader, more diffuse, with a greater tendency to form bands; the postdiscal line always double, forming a band traversed by a series of dark ochraceous spots in the interspaces; these lines and bands continuous, not interrupted anteriorly on the hind wing as they are in the male. Underside: except for the sex-mark, as in the male.

This species is found in northern half of continental India, Simla to Sikhim in the Himalayas, and recorded from Rajputana and Bengal; Assam; Burma; Tenasserim; Malayan Subregion. The Tenasserim specimens are darker and often without the white subcostal spot in the fore wing, approximating thus to the Southern Indian and Ceylon race.

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Sympathique ensemble. La forme ronde de la feuille est du plus bel effet.
Bonne journée.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2006-11-13 4:52]

Lovely capture!
This is a fine composition, sharpness, POV and DOF and the close-up work is very well done! Good bright and natural colours, background is soothing too!

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-11-13 5:17]

Hi Pankaj,
Beautiful shot, and I agree with Claude about the effect creatd by the circular leaf. Colours are beautiful, but at the widest aperture setting, you have a very shallow DOF and from this POV the near wing is rather soft. Getting in closer and using a slightly narrower apertute setting, would probably have given a sharper subject and less distractions in the BG.
TFS and a special thanks for the very informative note

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-11-13 5:24]

Hi Pankaj,
You present this beautiful butterfly from a interesting point of view. The colours of the wings are so fine! The whole picture is very harmonious.

The shot is well composed except that its too central. I would have cropped the image so that its over to the left, giving it room to fly into.
Apart from that its fine, attractive species.

Hello pankaj !
This is a beautiful butterfly that I have never seen before ! I love the patterns and the textures of the wings. Beautiful pose of the butterfly, with the wings wide open. Excellent colors, composition and details, and I also like the round leave on which he is sitting. Very well done !

Hi Pankaj,
Another beautiful capture of a BF here you have presented.I think there are a lot in India.:))
Well done.TFS

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-13 8:53]

What a magnificent composition you have here, Pankaj!
This very beautiful butterfly appears to e territorial :)) The way it sits on that plants is like he's saying its his :)
Excellent POV, very nice DOF, lovley and well saturated colors and tones and a very good light management.
Also very nice framing and composition.

Bravo and TFS

Hi pankaj ,

A very good capture of castor with great details , the lighting is perfect to show the real colours and pattern of this butterfly.Good DOF and POV.



Hello Pankaj
Very nice shot of butterfly,
Perfect focusing and lighting
Excellent colors.


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-11-13 15:58]

Hi Pankaj
Good shot. Good colours, sharpnes, details and POV. Also good BG and frame.
Well done


Hi Pankaj,
A nice pose from this butterfly. Good pov, exposure, and sharpness. Well done and TFS.

Superbe papillon,les couleurs sont bien marquée et douce.Thomas

Otra bella imagen perfecta de luz y nítidez en una composición muy agradable. El posadero de la mariposa es original. Un cordial saludo

The round shaped leaf on which the butterfly is perched is a god-sent setting for this picture, Pankaj.
Great POV, sharpness and colour. Maybe a little messed up specimen [like most of mine ;-)] but that is something we cannot do anything about. Indian butterflies lead much more adventurous lives in the open, as you rightly mentioned once!
TFS and take care.

Bonjour Pankaj
C'est un merveilleux macro et les couleurs de ce papillon est très jolie ,les détails et la composition sont supers.

Merci et au revoir....JP

love it, great POV, DOF, saturation and contrasts..beautiful photo. TFS
Donna :o)

Thanks for your comments on my photo December Storm -3 :o)

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