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Common Sailor ?

Common Sailor ?
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-15 1:28
Viewed: 3086
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Though I am not fully sure, the butterfly I am posting today looks like a Common Sailor.
Experts may kindly feel free to correct me, if I have reached the wrong ID.
I shot this worn out specimen in the mountains at an altitude of nearly 7000 ft in October last year.
Here is a brief note:

Common Sailor
Neptis hylas (Moore)


Upperside black with white markings. FW with white streaks, triangular spot and a series of spots. HW with a basal broad white band and an outer series of squarish white spots. Underside golden brown with white markings as above, but sharply edged with black margin. Wingspan 50-60mm.
Only species in the genus Neptis having rich golden brown underside and the most common and widely distributed member of the genus. Flies by flapping the wings repeatedly and then gliding along gracefully. Visits flowers, damp patches and attracted even to human body sweat, but does not participate in large, joint mud puddling. Very bold butterfly and can be even approached very close. Often seen basking in the sun.


Athyma perius perius Most of the oriental region except the Philippines and Sulawesi.


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Ciao Ram, good POV for this beautiful butterfly, I think your id is right, fantastic colors, splendid sharpness, fine details and lovely blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Ram,

Wonderful shot of this beautiful butterfly, looks like the poor thing has suffered some wing damage. Excellent detail with a fine POV, really nice work, t.f.s

Cheers Rick :)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-05-15 5:20]

hello Ram,
A fine picture and an interesting point of view showing this battered Sailor... it seems to have crossed some tempests and fought some battles! I like the composition a lot, the way the butterfly looks in the beautiful blurred background, like some promises of better days.
Take care
My kind regards

Nice composition.

Hello Ram
a great shot of this beautiful butterfly
excellent details and lovely colors, nice POV, pose and blurred BG
very well done

hello Ram!
sorry .. but there a problem of focus!!!

greetings sERGIO

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2009-05-17 2:52]

Hello Ram,

A lovely capture of this butterfly. Am afriad i am not able to help you confirm with the ID of this butterfly.

I love the composition and POV of this shot. Good presentation with effective POV. Nice colors and natural tones. TFS.


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