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Vanessa indica

Vanessa indica
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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: 2009-02-25
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: 2009-05-01 6:33
Viewed: 3430
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found this solitary Indian Red Admiral in the last week of February at altitude 8000 ft plus this year. Surprisingly, it was a reasonably intact specimen from the previous summer. Unfortunately, after lot of chasing around, it eventually settled on an untidy and cluttered spot where I shot the picture I am posting today.

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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Hi Mr. Ram,
A nice capture of this Indian Red Admiral. Sharpness is not at its best. Still then a rare to see species. Very good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Hello Ram !
This one looks like our European "Vanessa atalanta", they are both very beautiful. Here I like the vivid colors and the beautiful contrast between orange and green, the composition is excellent, the POV is great. Another beauty from your country, captured with your skilled hands on the camera. Very well done !

Hi Ram,

A really nice capture this Red Indian Admiral with great colors & details. Well done Ram & TFS.



Ciao Ram, beautiful butterfly with fantastic colors, I never see before this specie, it's very like our Vanessa cardui, great macro with fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-05-01 13:04]

Hi Ram,
Beautiful capture of this red admiral.Colors,contrast and composition are wonderful.Very well done!
Thanks for posting..

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-05-01 14:34]

Hi Hara,this is a veruy interesting pic for me.In this springtime i have seen hundreds of Vanessa Cardui,and it's very nice to see now the indian sister! Great colors,good point of view,about the sharpness you could be better...thanks to show us this beauty,have a nice weekend,Luciano

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-05-01 21:27]

Hola Ram.
Hermosa foto. Bellos colores y exelente contraste en la imagen.
Saludos Ram

Hello Ram,
beautiful picture of Indian Red Admiral, fantastic colours in a very nice composition, i like the natural environment.
Best regards

Hola Ram,
In my haste I've almost missed this fine capture, the surroundings are a little cluttered, yes, but it also serves to demonstrate the camouflage capabilities of the red admiral rather well.

Hello Ram
a fine capture of this indian red admiral
great dorsal view and pose, fine details of the butterfly
the natural luminosity highlighted the beautiful colors of the wings
Have a nice Sunday

Hello Ram Sir,
Nice to see some one from Navy (that too Admiral) on TN. Handsome diverse Indian Red Admiral with excellent display of four stars (that goes to the Chief of Naval Staff) on the trailing edge of the wings. I have read something interesting about their pupae; which happens to be unique perse its gold color & it was the ornamentation of these pupae that led early collectors to call themselves "aurelians". TFS

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-05-02 23:23]

Very excellent work, a top quality pic, my best compliments.
Excellent colours and very good light.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-03 21:58]

Hello Ram,
It's not easy to achieve a total sharpness from a dorsal POV when taking a shot of a butterfly with the wings half open.
However all the upper surface features of this Indian Admiral are shown with fine clarity and excellent colours in good lighting.
Thanks and have a good week,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-03 23:22]

Hello Ram,
Wonderful photo of this Vanessa. Very beautiful light an colours and excellent sharp details. Good composition, POV and contrasting BG.
Best regards Siggi

Ram Sir,
A superb macro with excellent lighting and very sharp details...
Very well done!

Namastey Ram Bhai jaan,
A wonderful macro vith great colours, light and details.TFS.


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