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|This picture of a Common Wall was taken last October during my visit to my native place in Himachal Pradesh. It was taken at an altitude of about 7000 ft. Though I shot it mostly on Marigold flowers, it once chose to settle on a garbage heap of discarded papers. I decided to take a pot-shot there too, and here is the result: a picture that I would classify as 'Nature Photography of the Absurd' in rhyme with Theatre of the Absurd -- a strong theatre movement in Europe that emerged soon after the Second World War. Eugene Ionesco of Romania was the major exponent of that Movement.|
Anyway, here is a note on this species from Wikipedia:
The Common Wall, Lasiommata schakra, is a species of satyrine butterflies found in South Asia.
Shows slight sexual dimorphism. Male upperside ground colour silky brown; cilia of both wings whitish. Forewing has a transverse row of four large orange spots, the apical one the largest, bearing a black, white-centered eyespot; beyond the row of orange spots a sub-terminal dark brown line. Hind wing uniform, but bearing a postdiscal row of from three to six black, white-centered, orange-ringed eyespot. Underside very pale greyish white; fore wing: disc orange, outwardly defined by a dark line, two lines across the discoidal cell, and a sinuous discal oblique line beyond its apex not extending to the tornus, orange-brown ; subterminal and terminal dark lines; a subapical eyespot, as on the upperside, but with the outer ring paler, and a much smaller ocellus beyond it towards apex of wing. Hind wing has the basal half crossed by two sinuous curved slender lines, a shorter line crossing the cell only, and another short line defining the discocellular veins, orange-brown; the curved row of ocelli as on the upperside, but each ocellus with rings of pale ochraceous and of brown, alternately two of each; lastly, a sub-terminal and a terminal brown line. Antennae brown; head and thorax studded with long dark grey pubescence; abdomen pale brown. Sex-mark present.
Female is similar but on the upperside, the orange spot bearing the ocellus on the fore wing inwardly bordered by a broad, pale, short line; the raised band of specialized scales absent.
Wing expanse of 56-58 mm.
The Himalayas eastwards to Sikkim.
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