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Danaus chrysippus

Danaus chrysippus
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Copyright: Arindam Mitra (arindammitra89) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 52 W: 0 N: 137] (918)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-01-23
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-02-13 8:49
Viewed: 1616
Points: 20
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Danaus chrysippus, also known as the Plain Tiger or African Monarch, is a common butterfly which is widespread in Asia and Africa. It belongs to the Danainae ("Milkweed butterflies") subfamily of the brush-footed butterfly family, Nymphalidae. It is a medium-sized, non-edible butterfly, which is mimicked by multiple species.
The Plain Tiger is believed to be one of the first butterflies to be used in art. A 3500-year-old Egyptian fresco in Luxor features the oldest illustration of this species.
The Plain Tiger can be considered the archetypical danaine of India. Accordingly, this species has been studied in greater detail than other members of its subfamily occurring in India.
The Plain Tiger is a medium-sized butterfly with a wingspan of about 78 centimetres (2.83.1 in). The body is black with many white spots. The wings are tawny, the upper side brighter and richer than the underside. The apical half of the forewing is black with a white band. The hindwing has three black spots around the center. The hindwing has a thin border of black enclosing a series of semicircular white spots.
Background color and extent of white on the forewings varies somewhat across the wide range; see Systematics and taxonomy below.
The male Plain Tiger is smaller than the female, but more brightly colored. In addition, male danaines have a number of secondary sexual characteristics. In the case of the Plain Tiger, these are:
The male has a pouch on the hindwing. This spot is white with a thick black border and bulges slightly. It is a cluster of specialised scent scales used to attract females.
The males possess two brush-like organs which can be pushed out of the tip of the abdomen.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-02-13 10:33]

Hello Arindam,
Beautiful macro of this butterfly in nice light and colours. Good choice of composition. Maybe 1/320 was in this case a bit to slow for the optimal sharpness.

Hallo Arindam
great composition with nice light and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi Arindam,
nice photo of this butterfly. Interesting point of view. Excellent presentation.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-02-13 15:14]

Hi Arindam,the detail are a bit soft,but i like a lot the very original perspective taken from below,very bright colors and excellent exposure too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Arindam,
照的清晰 很漂亮的蝴蝶
顏色鮮豔華麗 這個角度真是棒 蝴蝶好像停在半空中
光線亮麗 整體清楚 非常的美麗
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hello Arindam,
Old wine in new bottle!Well capture this beautiful butterfly.Nice colour and POV.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Arindam, another wonderful shot with great colour and composition.
Best wishes,
Samiran da


Good capture of the Plain Tiger though the angle of light is a bit dicey here.
The colours are rich and attractive.

Hello Arindam

Beautiful photo of this butterfly, with fine POV and being framed
diagonally on the image it adds dynamism to the photo,
with beautiful light, great contrast of the color tones, TFS


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