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Vanessa indica

Vanessa indica
Photo Information
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: 2011-06-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-19 23:29
Viewed: 2625
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Vanessa indica, called the Asian Admiral in the United States and the Indian Red Admiral elsewhere, is a butterfly found in the higher altitude regions of India. It is a close relative of the Painted Lady.


Resembles Vanessa cardui but the ground-colour is darker both on the upper and under sides, and the orange markings deeper and richer in tint. Differs also as follows:—Underside fore wing: the ochraceous orange-red on disc, and across cell proportionately of less extent, and uniform, not getting paler towards apex of cell; the upper four spots of the prcapical transverse series on the black apical area minute. it is about 5 inches in length. Hind wing : the postdiscal transverse band much narrower and shorter, not extending below vein 1, margined inwardly by a series of broad black subcrescentic marks ; the tornal angle with a small patch of violet scales bordered inwardly by a short black transverse line. Underside very much darker than in V. cardui, the orange-red on disc and in cell on fore wing restricted as on the upperside ; three small transversely placed blue spots beyond the cell. Hind wing: the mottling comparatively very dark, purplish blade, with slender white margins, shaded on disc with rich dark olive-brown ; the postdiscal series of ocelli dark and somewhat obscure; an inner subtei-minal transverse series of blue, and an outer very much slenderer transverse series of black lunules. Cilia of both fore and hind wings white, alternated with brown. Antenna) black, tipped with pale ochraceous ; head, thorax and abdomen with dark olive-brown pubescence ; beneath, the palpi, thorax and abdomen pale ochraceous brown.


V. indica is found in the higher altitude regions (above 2000 feet of India including the Nilgiri Hills in southern India. It also occurs on smaller hill ranges in Peninsular India such as the Nandi hills near Bangalore.


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Ciao Ram, great macro of beautiful Vanessa, I never see this specie, thanks, excellent clarity, fine details, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-06-20 1:26]

Hello Ram,
Superb shot of this beautiful one with very impressive sharpness and nice colours. Superb lighting and a great BG here. Excellent POV to portray it and a precise DOF. Very nicely composed.Best regards Siggi

Hello Ram,
This is an excellent and very beautiful image. Would have been very good to see both antennae in sharp focus but difficult to attain with macro photography and a very pleasant image to view as is. Well done.

Ciao Ram. Good colours and contrast. Fine details in a lovely compo.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-20 8:47]

Hi Ram,in effect seems the perfect sister of our Painted Lady,completely disappear this springtime after the 2009 invasion.A perfect pic whit great sharpness ans natural colors,and wasn't easy in this position.Thanks for share,have a nice week,Luciano.

Very nice work Ram. Enjoyed as always. I see you are still looking at unusual angles! Always nice for someone to have a different approach. All the same and mind is blank. Good stuff..

Hello Mr. Ram!
I can certainly say this is among the best butterflies of the day in TN! Congratulations!... Nice pose, nice POV, impressive OOF BG with a master selection of f/5.6!!! Yes!
Regards and TFS!

Hello Ram
Beautiful photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-06-21 7:40]

Nice to see the underside of this species Ram.
The wings look something like a cross between the European Red Admiral and a Painted Lady.
The pose with the slightly opened wings was taken from a fine POV with top sharpness, natural colours and lighting.
The contrast with the clean natural dark BG and composition with the thistle flower add to the appeal of this image.
Thanks for sharing this,
All the best,

Hello Ram!
I think that this butterfly has no problems with the gravity! ahahahahah
Nice pic with lovely composition and great natural colours and sharpness.Well done! TFS
Regards from,

PS: thanks for visiting my gallery!

very well composed capture of this colourfull butterfly. good POV.

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