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Red Pierrot (UP)

Red Pierrot (UP)
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Copyright: arun tp (aruntp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2000 HD S2100 HD
Exposure: f/4.4, 1/150 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-11 1:11
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Points: 10
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Name : Red Pierrot (UP)
Scientific name : Talicada nyseus

The Red Pierrot (Talicada nyseus) is a small but striking butterfly found in South Asia and South-East Asia belonging to the Lycaenids or Blues family. Red Pierrots, flying weakly around and perching on the Kalanchoe plant, are usually noticed by excited children in gardens due to their beautiful striking patterns and colours.

The butterfly with a wing span of 3 to 3.5 cm. The upper side of its wings are black except for a large portion of the lower edge of the hind wing which is orange.

On the underside, the forewing is white with black spots more toward the margin. The hind wing is very striking, it is white with black spots toward the base and the margin has a wide band of orange with white spots. There is a lot of variation found in the blacks spots on the hind wings.

Males and females. Upperside: black or brownish black, in fresh specimens in certain lights with a dull purplish flush. Fore wing: uniform, with a very slender thread-like edging of white to the costa. Hindwing: a large conspicuous orange-red patch on the posterior terminal half of the wing between the dorsum and vein 7; this patch does not extend quite to the termen but leaves a narrow edging of the black ground-colour which is produced inwards in short conical projections in interspaces 2 to 5. Cilia of both fore and hind wings chequered with black and white alternately. Underside: silvery white. Forewing: a quadrate spot on the discocellulars, a broad transverse discal band and the terminal third of the wing jet-black; the discal band is irregular, dislocated on vein 3, the posterior portion shifted inwards and joined on to the black area on the posterior terminal third of the wing by projections of black on the dorsum, along veins 3 and between veins 4 and 5; the black area on terminal third of the wing encloses a transverse postdiscal series of small round and a subterminal transversely near series of spots of the white ground-colour. Hind wing: two spots near base, a subbasal transverse series of three spots, a medial similar series of four somewhat elongate spots and a transverse short postdiscal bar between veins 4 and 6, jet-black ; terminal third of the wing above vein 7 jet-black, below that vein deep orange-red, the whole area (both the black and the red) medially traversed by a transverse curved series of round spots of the white ground-colour and margined outwardly by a series of transverse, very short and very slender lines of the same in the interspaces; anticiliary line black. Cilia of both fore and hind wings chequered as on the upperside; a short filamentous tail at apex of vein 2 black, tipped white. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen black, shafts of the antennae ringed with white ; beneath: palpi, thorax and abdomen while.


Sri Lanka, South India, Meghalaya, Assam, North Myanmar.

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hi Arun
this is amazing beautiful butterfly, with colorful wings. you greatly captured it from dorsal POV and with great sharp details. coloration, light using and exposure splendid. nicely composed. TFS. well done

Ciao Arun. Good light and waonderful colours for this beauty. Very good detaild and sharp. Interesting environment.


Supongo que alguna vez en esta vida podré ir a La India
y disfrutar con mi cámara fotográfica de estas bellas especies.
Buen documento sin duda, con unos bellos colores aunque algo
justa de luz en algunas zonas de las alas.
Saludos Arun: Josep Ignasi.

Hello arun
excellent sharp shot, fantastic color saturation, you have captured this beautiful butterfly very well, great pose and POV
i like also the natural environment
Have a good night

Hi Arun
see your pictures of butterflies have been impressed by the colors of this butterfly black and orange.
In India there are beautiful butterflies.
Thanks to photograph very well.


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