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Common Satyr

Common Satyr
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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: 2007-08-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-27 2:46
Viewed: 3090
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Aulocera swaha

Friends, I shot this brown butterfly at an altitude of about 8000 ft in district Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. We were on a kind of pilgrimage to a holy place and had a picnic lunch under the cedar trees. Many butterflies of this species were fluttering around and frequently perching on ferns under the trees while we ate our lunch. They were quite cooperative and I eneded up with numerous shots of it.

Thanks to Peter(Batu) and Goutham Ramesh, the ID of this butterfly is established, albeit without much details. It is a butterfly belonging to Nymphalidae family and goes by the name of Common Satyr. A brief and general note on the family is given below from Wikipedia:

The Nymphalidae is a family of about 5,000 species of butterflies which are distributed in all parts of the world. These are usually medium sized to large butterflies. Many species are brightly coloured and they include popular species such as the emperor, admirals, tortoiseshells and fritillaries. However, the underwings are dull and in some species look remarkably like dead leaves, or are much paler, producing a cryptic effect that helps the butterfly disappear into its surroundings.

I guess that is all I could manage by way of information on the species.
Thanks for looking at the picture and regards to all.

haraprasan, Silke, Argus, jmp, gannu, ridvan, uleko, JORAPAVI, parthasarathi has marked this note useful
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Hi Mr. Ram,
Sorry I am unable to help with the exact ID. I searched the net for 1/2 an hour but couldn't get an exact match. It may be some sort of admiral or some sort of Satyridae. But still not sure. Now I am quiting cause some other official works. Shall try later. Anyway a nicely composed shot over the ferns. Excellent details and POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Wonderful shot. Fine portrait of this beautiful butterfly. Overall a very nice posting.
Best wishes,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-08-27 4:41]

Hello Ram,
this is clearly a species of the genus
- Aulocera, probably Aulocera swaha (I will check later)
- Nymphalidae, Satyrinae
Best wishes, Peter

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-27 6:38]

Very fine details on the body. superb colours and perfect PoV and BG

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-27 6:43]

Hello Ram,
I like the way the lighting shows up the wing contours of this Brown butterfly (Satyridae), which also lends to a blue iridescence near the body. This is pretty sharp and set in a fine composition with pleasing neutral BG.
I can't be more precise with the ID, I'm afraid.
TFS and for your kind words regarding my 250th post!
I hope you settling down well in your new home.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-27 8:14]

Hi Ram,
Nice butterfly as a companion to have a lunch! Very good dof and pov.
TFS, José M.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-27 8:26]

Sir, very nice and interesting shot. The view is beautiful and also the shot. I think they somehow belong to skipper family. Not sure. Ganesh

Hi Ram,
This is "common satyr", wonderful capture and colors and very few pics are available i think on
net. Peter is right its also known as "Aulocera swaha"!

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-08-27 12:54]

selam ram, excellent shot and very good composition of this beautiful butterfly .its not so clear maybe but nice pov and bg with splendid colours.good details presented
Well done !
Regards ridvan

Hello Ram,
Very nice capture, beautiful pose by the
butterfly. Great colors and details, very
nice composition and POV


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-28 4:01]

Hello Ram,
This is a very beautiful composition. Interesting butterfly in a nice pose but it is a little soft probably due to the light that seems rather bright and difficult. These days I often shade the subject and change the settings of the camera accordingly but this is obviously not alway possible.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hola Ram,
Bonita composición, con buena nitidez y detalles, luz y fondo muy agradables, saludos
José Ramón

Good capture of this 'Common Satyr'.Also well composed.

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