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Belenois aurota.

Belenois aurota.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of India 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-26 14:59
Viewed: 5166
Points: 46
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Belenois aurota.
The Pioneer.

Belenois aurota (Fabricius, 1793)
Caper White,

Genus: Belenois
Family: Pieridae
Order: Lepidoptera

Wingspan: 40 - 50mm.

Same sunny and pleasantly hot day on the trip through Rajasthan, travelling from Jaipur to Pushkar, stopping at a rest house to have tea and to shop souvenirs, and my lonesome decision: instead of going inside to chill out and buy silk shawls or marble elephants better to stay outside in the heat of early afternoon, eat a banana, drink some mineral water from out of my rucksack, and have fun with studying a glimpse of India's colourful nature on the road to Pushkar.

Plenty of flowers were around in front of the rest house. And plenty of butterflies, too.

The Pioneer, Belenois aurota, also known als Anaphaeis aurota, is a medium sized butterfly, distinctively black and white on its upper sides of wings. A rapid and powerful flier, it is known to be a migrant that may occur in large numbers. Its area of distribution stretches from tropical Africa to Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka. Closely related species are reported from Australia.

Caterpillars feed on plants belonging to the caper family (Capparis sp.).

The plant the butterfly shown is sitting on is Tagetes erecta L., also known as Marigold. For more details on the plant please see my previous posting.

The camera:

SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 15mm, F/4, 1/800sec., ISO-125; no tripod, no flash; 29.10.2006, 15:36 local time.


Photoshop Elements, cropped, downsized to the web, selectively sharpened, noise removal on BG, brightness, contrast and saturation adjusted.




Thank you for looking.
Have a very good week.

Alex99, Pentaxfriend, phlr, Argus, clnaef, cataclysta, marhowie, blakitan, cecilia, red45, anel, sandpiper2, wkshelton, dew77, wallhalla15, loot, jmp, goutham_ramesh, RAP has marked this note useful
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Hi Peter,

Exellent sharpness, details, composition, colours, POV, DOF and BG

TFS Thijs

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-11-26 15:33]

Hello Peter,
Fine capture of a species of pierid butterfly new to me. I can't fault this shot. The sharpness, DOF, lighting, BG and composition all first rate.
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2006-11-26 15:53]

Quelle festival de couleurs !
Bonne journée.

Hi Peter
Great photo of these fantastic butterfly. Good sharpnes and great buckground color.
Best wishes

Hi Peter,
Great close up shot. Great DoF, very sharp and neat BG. Nice details. Well composed picture.
Superb shot.

Ben Lakitan

Excellent closeup with great detail and colour! Very well composed.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-11-27 2:27]

Hello Peter!

First of all I like your note. Looks like we act same way - new place is always worth to be discovered and explored. Winter is time for rest :-) Photo is just amazing. Perfect details, colours, composition. Excellent BG.

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-11-27 4:37]

Hi Peter,
Beautifull shot of this lovely Pierid.
great colors and compo. very good bg and details.
well done and TFS!!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-11-27 4:54]

Hallo Peter,
Es hat sich gelohnt auf Touristenattraktonen zu verzichten. Dieser kleine Pioneer ist den Verzicht wert.Sehr attraktives, farbiges aber ruhiges Bild, mit bester Schärfe und schönem Hintergrund. Wir warten auf die nächsten Bilder.
Liebe Grüsse

Brilliant sharpness.
Excellent OOF background and contrasting colours.
Great composition.
Very nice shot.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-27 6:48]

Hi Peter.
What an interesting shot. Very original, unusual and beautiful reproduction of colour tones, lighting and texture of the flower. Very impressive. The image of butterfly is amazing: it is perfect detailed, colourful (colours are bright and rich). BG. its colour tones are expressive. Combination of orange, deep green and white-yellow-brown colours are wonderful. What can I say about composition? Only one thing. It is outstanding, as usual. Bravo and my best regards, Alexei. Thank you for sharing.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-27 6:54]

Another superb butterfly picture from you, my friend!
The POV and DOF here are so very beautiful and the colors are fantastic. These colors also help to give a perfect definition of the butterfly in the frame, and thanks to the impecable exposure they simply shine :)
Great sharpness and a lovely BG, too.
A splendid composition, Peter!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Peter,

Excellent work, great details, very crisp, colors, Bg, POv DOF perfect , excellent composed and capture photo congrats,

TFS kyle

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-27 11:00]

Hello Peter,
Beautiful close up.Vivid colors,POV,simple BG,clear details,framing and composition are excellent.Have a great week too!

Hallo Peter,
das ist wieder ein Augenschmauß!
Diese kräftigen Farben und diese Schönheit, ein wundervoller Schmetterling, gefällt mir sehr, vielen Dank
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hallo Peter,
wieder so ein Exemplar, das sich für Tagetes begeistert. Sehr schön bunt gezeichneter Falter. Dieser gefällt mir persönlich besser. Sehr gut in Bild gestellt, klarer Bildaufbau, sehr gute Schärfe und Tiefenschärfe, harmonische Farben - insgesamt ein sehr schönes Schmetterlingsportrait. Danke Dir. Ich wünsche Dir eine erfolgreiche Woche.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-11-27 17:10]
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Hi Peter

What a splash of brilliant colours. You really spoil us rotten with your fabulous butterfly shots. As always it is a special treat to open one of your postings for one never leaves dissatisfied or disappointed.

The contrasting colours between the BG, flower, and butterfly (and even those colours on the insect) are an absolute pleasure-garden for the eye. The flower is spectacular, the butterfly is awesome, and the BG is pure magic. The detail captured is nothing short of supreme while the exposure was immaculate. One more flawless posting for your incredible portfolio.

Keep up the good work and TFS.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-27 17:45]

Hi Peter,
Nature in India is really rich and colorful. A beautiful butterfly captured from an excellent pov with great details over a wonderful flower. Very good exposure for such an strong light.
Best regards mf,
José M.

Hi Peter,
A beautiful picture of a beautiful butterfly.Colors, BG, sharpness and composition is very good.
Goutham R

Hi Peter,
Beautiful capture!
Very sharp and clear detail, great colours and excellent composition.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-11-28 6:47]

Hello Peter,
Very nice capture.I liked vivid colors,POV,framing and composition a lot.TFS

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-28 8:05]

Otra bella macro Peter con apropiado punto de vista, foco y agudeza.
El perfecto fondo difuso permite realzar la escena del primer plano sin interferencia alguna.
Tal vez los colores están ligeramente saturados, al menos en mi monitor, quizás por un efecto de sobre exposición o de post procesamiento.
Buen encuadre y elección del recorte.
Mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

Another beautiful macro Peter with appropriate point of view, focus and sharpness.
The perfect diffuse bottom allows to enhance the scene of the forefront without some interference.
Perhaps the colors are lightly saturated, at least in my monitor, maybe for an effect of over exposure or by post processed.
Good framing and election of the cropping.
My best regards... Ricardo


Nice shot. Great POV, DOV and sharpness. I like the neutral green background in combination with the colorful flower.
Well done

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