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The Commander (2)

The Commander (2)
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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: 2006-12-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/340 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of India 2, Beautiful Butterflies, Butterflies with minimum 50 points & above, Butterflies By pankaj Bajpai [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-20 7:05
Viewed: 4482
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another shot of the commander butterfly.

The Commander is a medium sized, strikingly coloured Nymphalid butterfly found in Asia. It is notable for the mode of concealment employed by its caterpillar and the cryptic camouflage of its pupa.

The Commander has a wingspan of about 6 to 7.5 cm. The upperside of its wings are a bright reddish brown. Towards the centre of the wing are broad white spots. In flight, one can see a bright red brown butterfly with a white band forming a 'V shape'. There are also a few white spots scattered on the wings. Its hindwings have crenulated margins. The undersides of the wings are a whitish gray toward the base and have a row of dull reddish brown and a row of black spots along the margins.

The male and female are similar in appearance.

The Commander is generally found in forested regions having moderate to heavy rainfall. It usually keeps to low elevations, that is, up to 3000 feet into the hills.

The Commander is fond of open glades, roadsides and clearings in forests. It is abundant along water courses in dry and moist deciduous forests. It is also found close to villages or wherever it's larval host-plant Mussaenda frondosa is to be found. It is most common in the post-monsoon months and winter

The Commander has a swift flight with rapid wingbeats and alternate spurts of smooth gliding. A powerful flier, it nevertheless flies for short distances at a time. Being wary, it maintains its distance and is best caught when engrossed in mud-puddling or feeding from flowers.

The Commander can often be spotted basking with its wings pressed flat on exposed stones in streambeds. It regularly visits flowers from low-lying herbs to high up in the trees.

It settles down on an exposed perch high up in the trees during the heat of the day. At this time it can be seen defending its territory and driving intruding butterflies away.

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Hi Pankaj,
Perfect taken shot. I like it. Interesting and very nice POV. Wonderful colors and superb details. Bravo and TFS.

Namaste Pankaj,
his is really a great capture. What i like about this one is the use of light. Even though the back of BF is lightened by sunrays, u got very clear exposure on its face and eyes.Did u use flash? Its crystal clear with nice POV.well done


Hello Pankaj,
What a sharp and amazing capture; this is very impressive. I love this POV and pose of the butterfly, this is excellent. Details, colors, composition and exposure are great! This is really well done. Thanks,

Hi Pankaj,
Great close up capture.
Very nice details and sharpness indeed.
Well done

Hello Pankaj,
Exllent colors Bg POv DOf perfect details very crisp, nicly capture photo, excllent capture

TFS Kyle

Hi Pankaj,
Very captured BF under harsh light.
Beautiful colors and point of view.
Nice job.

Hi Pankaj
Great photo. Fantastic light. Interesting set of colors.
Best wishes

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-12-20 9:30]

Colourful and wonderful! I love the composition as much as the point of view. Very good frame also.
Very good job, Pankaj. Thank you very much for sharing.

Hi Pankaj,
Very good image indeed.
A lot of light and colors...
Well done

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-12-20 12:56]

Hello Pankaj,

Good picture of this commander... Exposition was difficult in order to have it all well exposed. In these difficult conditions you managed well to have the head and its rigth wing correctly exposed... Super pov and good composition.



Both sides of wings of this species are spectacular to look at and you have been able to show both of them in this magnificent shot, Pankaj.
Very effective use of light here that does not let the busy BG to lessen the predominance of the subject within the frame.
Another splendid capture from your camera.

hi pankaj magnifique ton papillon quelle belle couleur et netteté bravo

Hi Pankaj,

Great Shot!! Nice composition and it is very nice you POV in this picture. Colors are good too. I like the mixture of colors in the background.

Have a good day and Merry Christmas.


Hello Pankaj,
this is very nice butterfly shot. Very good POV, framing and exposure. Great sharpness, very nice colours and details. This is a very nice composition. Thank you for posting.

excellente cette composition, tout est parfait.
les couleurs et la posture du papillon , tres originales

Hi Pankaj,
Amazingly beautiful color. Great sharpness, very fine details, and neat.
Well composed and nicely framed.
Superb shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-20 23:01]

Hello Pankaj

Another beauty.A very well focused shot,with excellent DOF .The details are sharp and crisp.The colours are natural and vivid.I like the lighting,you handled it well.Very nicely composed and framed.TFS


Hi Pankaj

Awesome macro. Crisp, clear and sharp details with good POV. Nice camera work. :-)

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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2006-12-21 2:44]

Parfaite composition, papillon aux belkles couleurs
excellents détails
bravo amitiées


Hello Pankaj,
Great point of view gives a dynamic composition!
Interesting backlight on the butterfly making it really stand out...
Good colours and sharp fine details, a fine piece of macro work!
Pablo -

Hi Pankaj,
A very nice shot on this Commander Butterfly. Well composed and framed. You handled the exposure very well with the strong backlighting. Beautiful colors and sharp detail. Nice shot!

Hola Pankaj,
La toma es impresionate por su calidad y bellos colores. Un saludo y felices fiestas

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-21 10:52]

Hello Pankaj,
Beautiful butterfly nicely in focus. I like the light coming through the wing and the lovely colours. The background I find a little unruly but at the same time I like the diagonal flower stalks and the flowers.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-12-21 11:49]

Hi Pankaj,
This is a really nice shot, not easy with this light, but you managed well. Good sharpness and focus.
tfs paula

les taches blanches sur les ailes sont legerement OE,mais l'ensemble reste de tres bonne qualité.bravo pour ce plan ropproché.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-21 13:34]

Perfecto trabajo, Pankaj, colores y composición y la imuminación hacen un magnífico disparo... saludos

Looks so lovely sat on the flower, beautiful shot.
Well taken...

Hi Pankaj, lovely butterfly, splendid colors and lovely details, great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

dear pankaj ,
woow .. excellent focus.
amazing colors.
very nice .
well composition and exposed.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-12-31 11:30]

Hi Pankaj,
You have so many beautiful butterflies on your site. The Commander is so strikingly beautiful and you present it from an quite unusual perpective. Very sharp and colourful picture. Thank's a lot for your wishes. It's to me to wish only good things for 2007 and a lot of butterflies too.
Best regards

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