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Common Peacock Pansy

Common Peacock Pansy
Photo Information
Copyright: Atanu Chanda (atanuchanda) Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 44] (210)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Kodak DX6490
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-10 3:26
Viewed: 3362
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Peacock Pansy (Junonia almana) is a species of nymphalid butterfly found in South Asia.

Dry-season form
Upperside rich orange-yellow. Fore wing with a pale dusky and a much darker short transverse bar with lateral jet-black marginal lines across cell, another somewhat similar bar defining the discocellulars ; costal margin, an inner and an outer subterminal line, and a terminal line dusky black; a large minutely white-centred ocellus with an inner slender and outer black ring on disc in interspace 2; two similar but smaller geminate subapical ocelli with an obscure pale spot above them and a short oblique bar connecting them to the black on the costa. Hind wing: a small minutely white-centred and very slenderly black-ringed discal ocellus in interspace 2, with a very much larger pale yellow and black-ringed ocellus above it spreading over interspaces 4, 5 and 6, the centre of this ocellus inwardly brownish orange, outwardly bluish black, with two minute white spots in vertical order between the two colours ; finally postdiscal subterminal and terminal black sinuous lines.
Dry season form on Mikania micrantha (Bittervine/ Mile-a-minute/ American rope/ Chinese creeper) in Kolkata, West Bengal, India.

Underside ochraceous brown, very variable. In most specimens the ceil of the fore wing is crossed by three dark sinuous bands, the outermost along the discocellulars ; these are very faint in some ; both fore and hind wings crossed by a basal and a discal pale sinuous line, the latter margined outwardly by a dark shade, which is traversed by an obscure somewhat obsolescent row of dark spots, and outwardly bounded by a subterminal sinuous line, the dark shade in many cases spreading on the fore wing to the terminal edge of the wing ; on the hind wing the subterminal line meets the discal in an acute angle at the tornus. Antennae dark brown; head, thorax and abdomen more or less orange-brown ; paler beneath.

Wet-season form
Upperside similar, the black markings deeper in colour and heavier, the subterminal and terminal lines more clearly defined.

Underside pale ochraceous. Fore wing: cell crossed by live short sinuous dark brown lines, a similar lino on the discocellulars and another beyond it, both bent inwards at an angle and continued to the dorsum, the space between them forming a discal broad fascia, which pales to whitish posteriorly ; the postdiscal ocelli, subterminal and terminal lines as on the upperside but paler. Hind wing: a slender transverse subbasal dark line, a discal whitish straight fascia in continuation of the one on the fore wing; the postdiscal ocelli, the subterminal and terminal lines much as on the upperside but paler; the anterior ocellus with a double iris and centre. Antennae dark brown; head, thorax and abdomen slightly darker than in the dry-season form.

India and Southeast Asia into China, and Japan.

Courtesy - Wikipedia, Ramthakur

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To trekks: Thank you veryu muchatanuchanda 1 01-11 08:40
To ramthakur: Thank you very much Siratanuchanda 2 01-10 23:53
To Miss_Piggy: ThanksMiss_Piggy 1 01-10 21:32
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Hallo Atuna
This is such a beautiful and colourful image. The detail of the butterfly is captured with great clarity. The markings and patterns on the wings are bright and lovely and really pleasing to the eye. The two large circles on the wings have a picture of a sunset hidden in it. This is in actual fact a very pleasing image. I passed it at first because of the fact that there is no note or even an attempt of a note that accompanies it, but I returned because it is noteworthy. Please take the following as positive and up building criticism. You are not really going to get far building or expanding your portfolio if you do not partake in 1st. Supplying information of some kind with your postings and 2nd. To critique fellow members for their contributions to the site, especially the ones that left a good and positive feedback at your images. It is not fair to expect people to come and give encouraging criticism on your images but you are not willing to do the same. You have been a member of the site for 5 days and already posted 4 colourful and most delightful images, but did not critique anybody up to now. If language is a problem to you, it is not a problem to the most fellow members as the most know how to use the translator supplied on the site. Thanks for sharing this vividly beautiful butterfly.
Best regards.

A very good photo with a lovely butterfly. Colors are super. But there is some small clearity problem...

Good picture again, but if you don't write at least return critiques on other people's pictures, you would remain unnoticed. Anna has already advised you about it in the most encouraging terms.
Give and take is essential on any photo sharing site.
Hope you would give it a thought.
Thanks for sharing.
Also, try to write a note on your subject.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2009-01-10 5:38]

hi atanu,
Nice picture, lovely composition and details

Witaj Atanu Chanda,
Udane zdjęcie, ładne kolory, ciekawa kompozycja.
Gratuluję i pozdrawiam

hello Atanu!
a nice capture of Peacock Pansy
in his natural environment
good details and colors

best sERGIO

  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 103 W: 39 N: 11] (54)
  • [2009-01-10 18:31]
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hello Atanu

Welcome to TN community with this post entry of a butterfly hunt. Your participation here looks promising with your several insect shots and by a Kodak.

One thing is certain on this capture, the light is taken great advantage to show the good detail and focus sharpness on the wings and its body. The fact that the green plant does not cause more distraction to the shot is a way of showing the skill in your composition and exposure - natural light that brightens the butterfly as your main subject. I also cannot miss to take notice of what Anna wrote to you on very pertinent points of your entry into TN regarding giving critiques and that you had in fact responded very positively with good notes in place, a reply and some critiques given. I am sure you will go into showing and sharing very interesting posts to come in this manner. I believe India has good choices of subjects for you to show us.

Good work. Greetings from Malaysia.

tfs, bill

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-11 12:14]

Hello Atanu,
A bit later, but still welcome to TN.
I hope you are already enjoying the site.A very nice capture...bringing out the well saturated colours and details of the Peacock Pansy.The fine natural light falling on the open winged subject and its diagonal placement on the left.
Look forward to more of your pictures.
TFS & Cheers

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-12 22:05]

Hello Atanu,
A fine open-wing capture of the Peacock Pansy taken with excellent sharpness and lighting against the leafy BG.
Normally I would say the composition includes too much space on the left but the OOF leaves also give depth to the BG, which adds interest to the image so it's fine as it is.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

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