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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: 2011-06-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-26 5:54
Viewed: 2601
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture of a Common Wall butterfly was taken in the hills of Himachal Pradesh during my trek to Sach Pass. I have shot this species in this area earlier too, but I thought this was a better picture, so I am posting it for you to look at.

The Common Wall, Lasiommata schakra, is a species of satyrine butterfly 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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Ciao Ram, difficult POV for this lovely butterfly, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Ram. An interesting specie from India! Intrigant playing of light Great light and best details. Difficult POV MF so very well done.!


beautiful butterfly.nice composition with great details.Nice light and shade.Thanks for sharing.


Hello Ram
beautiful butterfly and well captured in the green environment,
excellent details and fine composition, very good light
Thanks for sharing and good night

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-06-28 22:06]

This species of Lasiommata is very similar to those in Europe, especially our maera.
A nicely presented capture from POV that shows most of its features with good sharpness, DOF and natural colours and the composition on the succulent plant is very good.
An interesting posting Ram and thanks for sharing it.
All the best,

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