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The Joker or Spotted Joker is a species of nymphalid butterfly found in parts of Africa and Asia.
Mating butterflies at Singanallur Lake, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
The male has the upperwings of a deep rich orange. The forewing has the costa broadly black until nearly the apex. The cell has three narrow short black bands, the inner and outer not reaching the median vein. An irregular black spot from dorsum to vein 4, continues very narrowly along that vein to meet an oblique irregular band from just beyond the middle of the costa. A postdiscal broad transverse black band from dorsum to vein 4, with the portions of the veins beyond it defined in black. The apex of the wing beyond the broad black edging to the costal border has its upper margin and the terminal portions of the veins defined in black; finally a narrow terminal band. The hind-wing has an elongate black sub-costal patch near base, continued posteriorly across the cell by an inner and an outer series of small transverse spots; a complete broad black postdiscal band with the portions of the veins beyond it lined with black, and a narrow black terminal band as on the forewing. Cilia of fore and hind wings white, alternated with brown.
Wet-season form: in Manjira Wildlife Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Underside paler duller orange. Fore wing: black markings as on the upperside, but the cell and upper discal markings obscurely margined on the inner side by white; an oblique black line from costa to apex of post-discal transverse band, followed by an oblique pre-apical series of diffuse white spots, the terminal black band as on the upperside but traversed by a broken white line. Hind wing: a sub-basal and a discal broad, transverse white band, both bordered inwardly by a series of black spots, and outwardly by a broad black line; a somewhat narrower postdiscal transverse black band traversed by a series of paired white spots, followed by a row of cone-shaped markings of the ground-colour, the apices of the cones turned inwards and broadly white ; finally, a black terminal band traversed by a series of white lunules. Antennae black; head, thorax and abdomen dark dusky fulvous red; beneath, palpi white, head, thorax and abdomen dark ochraceous, variegated with some black and white lines and spots.
Female similar, with similar markings, but on the upperside the ground-colour is paler, the black markings narrower. Fore wing: the postdiscal black band nearly complete, interrupted only in interspaces 1 and 4; the terminal black band traversed by a broken white line.
Hind wing: no subcostal black patch, instead three series of transverse spots; a postdiscal transverse broad black band bordered inwardly by a series of slender black loops, between these and the postdiscal band a series of spots of the ground-colour; the terminal black band traversed as on the fore wing by a whitish broken line. Underside similar to that in the male, but the ground-colour paler. On the fore wing the black markings comparatively narrower, less well-defined; on the hind wing the white on the bands and spots replaced by pale yellow.
Males and females are similar to the wet-season form but the black markings are not so sharply defined. Underside: ground-colour darker, on the hind wing a dark ochraceous; the transverse subbasal and discal bands in both sexes white.
Wing expanse: 50-56 mm.
The haploid chromosome number is 17.
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- [2013-12-23 6:54]
Another beauty in splendid clarity and colours. The contrasts are very beautiful. Impressive sharpness, details and an attractive diagonal composition. Nice blurred background.
- [2013-12-23 7:03]
beautiful butterfly,good capture species,regards..
Beautiful capture of this Joker.I haven't seen this species in our area.Well managed BG with splendid sharpness.I like its details too.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,
great sharpness picture with nice details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou
顏色鮮豔 光線亮麗 背後的一整片綠 真是漂亮極了
Beautiful capture of this Joker.
Great sharpness picture with beautiful colours.
Have a nice day.
Ciao Karthik, great macro of lovely butterfly on beautiful blurry BG, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, Merry Christmas Silvio
- [2013-12-23 14:55]
Beautiful capture of this specie,not often seen on TN.Classic pose and spectacular details and colors in an essential composition too,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
- [2013-12-23 15:19]
Hola Karthik, hermosa foto con una bena composicón y manejo del color y la luz...saludos.
nice presentation of this butterfly. Very good colours. Excellent point of view and depth.
Thanks for sharing,
Beautiful butterfly and great photo Karthik! Very good composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness!
- [2013-12-23 23:05]
Beautiful species and colorful too...resting here on perfect perch...good composition and image. tfs.
Nice colours and very good composition.
Wonderful capture with great clarity and colour.
I didn't see this beauty. may be it is not available here.
Thank you for shearing.
- [2013-12-28 23:47]
You use your telelens as an excellent macro lens. Subject is simply sweet. Charming butterfly on a fine delicate plant against the splendid nicely blurred BG looks greatly. Soft light and details of the main subject are ultimate. Colours of the shot are very pleasant too and composition of the image is blameless. Well done and TFS.