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Pareronia valeria.

Pareronia valeria.
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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: 2006-11-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Butterflies of India 2, Butterflies with minimum 50 points & above, Lantana Flowers and their visitors, Butterflies on Lantana Flowers [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-10 6:14
Viewed: 8033
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 70
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Pareronia valeria.
The Wanderer.

Pareronia valeria (Cramer, 1776)

Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Pierinae
Tribe: Colotini
Genus: Pareronia

Wingspan approximately 80mm.

It was on an early morning walk through downtown Mumbai that I came to see this exquisitely coloured elegant flier for the first time. I was out to see some green before starting a busy day, and I knew there was a little garden with a few giant palm trees and a number of tropical plants in full blossom in front of Mumbai Central railway station. Entering that tiny oasis in the city centre of a buzzing megalopolis of around 20 million people I was standing alone in some colourful tropical fairyland that was visited by a surprising number of butterflies busily flying from blossom to blossom in the bright morning sun.

An elegant blue glider was effortlessly sailing from one flower to the next one - but never stopped for a rest or a drink.

The same day at noon there was a lucky second chance to get a picture of that beauty. Visiting “Bollywood”, the Film City in Goregaon, I was surprised to get into a beautiful unspoiled landscape of green hills covered with dense forest just a few miles north of Mumbai. So instead of sitting down for lunch I decided to stay outside in the green between the studios to have a look into nature. Right there at some tree with red blossoms and a hedge of Lantana a few blue gliders arrived for a drink of nectar.

The species:

Pareronia valeria (Cramer 1776), the Common Wanderer, shows a conspicuously bright blue tint in the white coloration of upper wings in the male sex. It prefers open tropical forests with moderate rainfall at low elevations. Quite common in the jungles of India’s Western Ghats. A quick and determined flyer with elegant gliding motions of wings, the butterfly is fond of visiting brightly coloured flowers.

The caterpillars feed on Capparis ssp.

Area of distribution: Southern India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Philippines.



The camera:

SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 14mm, F/4, 1/800 sec., ISO-125; no tripod, no flash; 03.11.2006, 13:32 local time.


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

The location:

The gardens of Goregaon Film City surrounded by tropical forests on the hills to the north of Mumbai, as described above. For a brief look at the setting, please klick


Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

horia, mikou, Argus, pvb, Alex99, vanderschelden, methos, pankajbajpai, uleko, phlr, ramthakur, dew77, manyee, cedryk, fiyo, anel, RAP, sandpiper2, saguzar, goldfinchtr, mjaniceanne, Hotelcalifornia has marked this note useful
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To Hotelcalifornia: Thank you, and Happy New Year!peter_stoeckl 1 12-31 04:48
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  • Great 
  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-10 6:54]

Hello Peter

This is indeed a splendor!
What a fantastic butterfly in a great composition!
The POV here is excellent - capturing it so that we all could see all the lovely colors and patterns from its wings - the DOF is impecable, creating a distinc barrier between it and the nicely blurred BG and the contrast bweteen the black&white colors of the butterfly and the wonderfull tones of its surroundings is charming.
A GREAT post, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-10 6:56]

Hi Peter.
This is beautiful capture.Very nice POV and very good DOF.I like fine details on wing and perfect managed white colour.Pretty blurry background and makes it possible to concentrate on main subject.
Excellent macro-shot.
Thanks for sharing.
Regards Milos

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-10 7:03]

Hello Peter,
Great capture! Great note! Great POV and sharpness!
Nice to see a species that missed when iwas in Goa.
Well done!
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-12-10 7:03]

Hallo Peter,
This is a very good composition of this beautiful butterfly. Never seen this one before, very nice colours. Great dof and blurred bg and I like your note
Thanks paula

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-10 7:25]

Hi Peter.
You have presented to us a very specimen of the butterfly and full of content lovely story with attractive illustrations. It even is more, than founders of our site assumed.

The pose of the butterfly and its wings allow us to see all beauties of this wonderful butterfly. The excellent choice of the point of view and composition promote the achievement of the same goal. Perfect illumination of the butterfly and especially the flowers, nice shadows from the butterfly and BG, lovely colours and perfect note.
TFS and my best regards.

Hi Peter,
Good pic. Butterfly is a beauty.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-10 7:28]

Hi Peter,
Once again, you have captured a very smart butterfly from a wonderful pov. Light, details and pose are the best to see this beauty.
India has proved to be a butterfly paradise or you a sixth sense to find them!
Very illustrative ws.
Best regars, José M.

Hello Peter,
This is a great capture of this so nice butterfly. POV, details, composition, DOF and BG are just perfect. This is very beautiful with interesting notes. TFS,

Great shot with amazing colors and details.
Good blurring of the background!

hi peter,
this is a lovely post,
well composed, fine pov,good dof,
well saturated colours,
the open wings show the butterfly in its full beauty,
very well done,
tfs & regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-10 9:42]

Hello Peter,
I'm sure this must have been a wonderful experience in the middle of Mumbai!! Your shot is beautiful, razor sharp and I love the powder blue colour of the butterfly. Nice composition too!
TFS, Ulla


great colors,
beautiful image of this coloful butterfly,
great macro,


Hallo Peter,
die Farben der Flügel sind wunderbar - so frisch und kühl, gefällt mir sehr.
Wo in drei Gottes Namen hast Du diese Schönheit im fürchterlichen Bombai finden können? Ich kenne nur einen Platz in dieser Stadt - oben mit Blick auf die Stadt und das Meer, da ist eine große Parkanlage, da hab' ich auch Schmetterlinge gesehen - sonst fand ich diese Stadt niederschmetternd, voll, laut, dreckig, ich möchte ungern nochmal hin. Sorry.
Aber vielen Dank für diesen wunderschönen Flattermann, tschüssi
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Excellent shot of this colourful specimen, Peter. Great POV, composition and colours.
Mumbai seems to be a good place for chasing butterflies ;-)! I too chased some when I was there this September. The custodians of certain parks in Powai area were a bit rude to me, though. You see, everything looks commercial to the people of Mumbai and they do not permit even still photography without a permit!
My conviction that you had a good time in India is further strengthened after looking at this lovely picture.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-12-10 13:15]

A Fantastic shot Peter, great colours details compositie bg , very good ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

bonjour Peter.
Trés belle image de cet papillon.
Un saludo.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-10 15:24]

Hello Peter,
Excellent close up.POV,vivid colors,simple BG,clear details,lighting and composition are wonderful.Have a great day!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-10 15:46]

What magnificent color this butterfly has on its wings!
Very unusual too.
Wonderful details and notes. : )
TFS your experiences on your trip with us, Peter. : )

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-10 15:55]

Hallo Peter,
ja das ist ja ein ganz Huebscher. Wunderscheon diese Pastellfarben akzentet mit dem kraeftigen orange der Bluete. Ganz toll ist dieses Foto, da stimmt wieder alles.
Danke fuer all die schoenen Urlaubsmitbringsel :-)

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-12-10 20:08]

Hello Peter,
Very good work - I love this colour on wings and fantastic exposure.
Congratulations and Best greetings!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-11 2:47]

Hello Peter,
Amazing shot and wonderful colours!
Very good lighting, sharp and detailed image. Very well done.

Hi Peter

High quality shot. Beautiful colour tones and perfect composition. Thank you! :-)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-12-11 6:02]

Hallo Peter,
Hübsch sind sie doch, die Damen..und natürlich auch der Schmetterling. Das so spezielle Blau der Flügel ist eine Farbe ,die man bei uns allgemein nicht viel sieht.Es scheint so wie der Morgenhimmel sich in den Flügeln spiegeln würde.Sehr schönes Bild.
Liebe Grüsse

Hi Peter,
Beautiful colors of this BF.
Nice point of view,colors,details and sharpness.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-12-11 9:30]

Wonderful butterfly and wonderful shot!!
Lovely POV and composition. I love it!
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-11 12:57]

Aquí llegó el criticón del barrio, aunque debo decir que no tengo mucho para criticar en esta bella presentación amigo mío.
Me encantan... el punto de vista y el encuadre que elegiste, los colores saturados, pero no distorsionados, el correcto control de la intensa luz (incluso sobre las lantanas), y la gran agudeza y definición captadas.
El fondo aparece correctamente difuso también.
Como en anteriores presentaciones, tus atinadas presentaciones secundarias con imágenes sobre el sitio y los habitantes de la región donde fueron retratadas.
RAP ;~)

Here arrived the faultfinder of the neighborhood, although I should say that I don't have a lot to criticize in this beautiful presentation my friend.
I love them... the point of view and the framing that you chose, the saturated but not distorted colors, the correct control of the intense light (even on the lantanas) and the great sharpness and definition captured.
The bottom appears correctly diffuse also.
As in previous presentations, your accurate secondary presentations with images on the place and the inhabitants of the region where they were depicted.
RAP ;~)

Superb image of this beautiful butterfly.
Sorry no time for critique.
Well done.

Hello Peter
Great shot,amazing colours,details and good composition,Well done
Best regards,TFS

* Piotr *

Hi Peter,
This is a masterpeice, i liked the colors and this is such a wonderful butterfly and truly a wanderer, it's little tough to shoot ( i dont have a picture yet :-( )
Great POV,DOF and colors
Goutham R

Hello Peter,
A wonderful and excellent butterfly pic, the details, colours and wings design are mazingly nice; I think is one of your better butterfly photo.
Cheers :)

Hi Peter,

This seems very nice with colors, sharpness and BG. The wings of this butterfly seems very slender. Nice to see it:)

Have a nice new year:)

How beautiful...very unuausal too, only two colors. The color of the flowers are the perfect color contrast.

Hello Peter.

Excellent picture, very good details and colors.
Great composition.

Jose Luis.

Hallo Peter,
This is a very good composition of this beautiful butterfly.
Excellent shot.

amazing colours, TFS Ori

Hello Peter - Wish you and your family a Happy and prosperous New Year. Take care and enjoy the spirit of the advent of 2015. Thank you very much for your scrutiny on my two pictures. I appreciate your Honest critique. Now about your picture which you had captured in Mumbai. Wanderer is a common species even in our area(kolkata), but always nice to see due to its attractive color. Well presented with nice light. Thanks for sharing. Regards - Srikumar

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