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Abisara echerius

Abisara echerius
Photo Information
Copyright: Alan Cassidy (accassidy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax Optio 550
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Butterflies of the other countries of Asia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-07 8:18
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Abisara echerius Stoll, 1790, known in India as the Plum Judy, is a small but striking butterfly found in Asia belonging to the Riodinid group of the family Lycaenidae.

This species is quite widespread in the orient, ranging from the Himalayas in the North West to China, the Philippines and Sulawesi in the South East. It also occur in Burma, Thailand, Malaysia and Indo-China. Many 'races' are named, but the validity of these is uncertain. The species group is in need of some scientific study and revision.

This active butterfly is usually seen at the tops of trees and amidst foliage. It has a habit of landing and turning around almost immediately after alighting. It repeats this turning movements as it moves along branches. This is believed to help in evading predators by causing confusion about head orientation. This distinctive mode of movement gives the impression of 'dancing' and is an important field characteristic that helps in identifying the species from even a distance. The butterfly is quite variable in overall appearance between wet and dry seasons. Wing expanse: 41-52mm.

The eggs of the butterfly are laid on host plants belonging to the family Myrsinaceae, including Ardisia spp., Maesa indica and Embelia laeta. The larva is flat, very broad in the middle, tapering to both ends, clothed sparsely with short hairs ; head small, not enclosed in the 2nd segment; colour light green. The pupa is also clothed with hairs, and altogether so like the larva that it is difficult to note exactly when the change takes place. It is closely attached to a leaf by the tail and a girdle.

This picture was hand-held in sunshine. It has been cropped, resized and sharpened for TN.

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  • drmw Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 98] (1192)
  • [2008-01-07 8:38]

Hi Alan

Nice photo.

I tried to take this in Vietnam on a dark rainy day, had no flash with me and my pics are blurred.



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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-01-07 8:49]
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hi alan,
wonderful picture of this plum judy.good composition and nice pov.
I think the picture is a bit oversharpened..pls check it once again..

Ciao Alan,
magnifica foto di questo splendido Riodinide.
E, come sempre, eccellenti note!
Bella anche l'inquadratura.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-07 10:28]

Hello Alan,
This is an interesting butterfly new to me and with a fine name - Plum Judy! The colour is striking and the wing pattern beautiful. A really fine capture, sharp and well composed.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-07 10:35]

Hi Alan. a good close up of the Butterfly. It has nice markings which you have captured well with good colours. i good POV/DOF. Juts a little over sharpened our cropped to much , but still a nice shot. well done TFS.
Nick.. Good notes to go with the picture.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-07 10:37]

Hello Allan
Nice presentation.Good POV and sharp image.Details are also good.I like the light on your main subject and I also like htat nice OOF BG.
TFS Michel

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6553 W: 89 N: 15640] (65417)
  • [2008-01-07 15:13]
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Hi Alan,my best compliements for this fantastic butterfly,colors and sharpness are perfect,a very good work,thanks for share,Luciano

Hello Alan,
Very nice capture. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

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