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Common Wall

Common Wall
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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: 2008-10-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-21 1:05
Viewed: 2738
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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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Hi Mr. Ram,
A nice capture of this beautiful common wall butterfly. Very good details. What is it doing reading newspaper :>. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-06-21 3:57]

Hi Ram.
I like your note so much. Shot is really unusual and attractive. Details of the butterfly are very good but old paper is OE a bit. My warm greetings and kind regards.

There are rare times when insects and newspapers....or printed material would work together...one would be for evidence perhaps but this one brings out the artistic side. It is quite unique to do this in this way with nature and I find it pleasing and interesting...You are a man of good works and words!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-06-21 14:15]

What a lovely butterfly!
I love the patterns on the underwing.
Excellent composition.

Well done, Ram!


Salam dear Ram,
Very beautiful macro vith great colours, light and details.TFS.


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