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Pansy for Goutham

Pansy for Goutham
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Copyright: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/450 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dedications at Trek Nature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-17 6:50
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This post is dedicated to Goutham Ramesh, our dear friend at treknature for his contribution in presenting so many lovely shots from India & abroad,specially the butterflies and the macro shots.

He is one of the best we have here in treknature.

Best wishes to you & looking forward to see more of your beautiful butterflies.

Description of Lemon Pansy

A small to medium sized brown butterfly with large eyespots on the upper side of both wings. The females are larger and have more prominent eyespots than the males. The under side of both sexes are pale brown with cryptic markings. However, the ground colour varies a great deal, with specimens showing a range of colors from dark brown to pink to peach.

Similar species


Status, distribution and habitat

A widely distributed species that is commonest in the dry zones and ascends to hills to about 1500 feet elevation. It is found in wide open spaces with lots of sunshine and is seen year round.


The male is much more abundant than the female. The Lemon Pansy, like all the members of its group, is territorial. The males often perch at strategic locations to intercept females. From such vantage points, they would frequently take off to inspect potential mates passing by. Its perch is sometimes no more than a small rock jutting out of the ground. Although it is a perching species, it does move into new locations when it finds its current location to be unsuitable. It is quite well camouflaged when it sits still with its wings held above its abdomen, especially against sand coloured backgrounds.

It is a nectar lover and frequently settles to feed on short herbs and shrubs, during which time it displays its upper sides. It has a typical posture that it takes when it spreads its wings. So much so, that most photographs taken of this butterfly look very similar. As evening approaches, they retire to the thickets and spend the night clinging onto a tall grass stem or something similar with their wings folded above the body.

Early stages

The larvae feed on members of the Acanthaceae. The females sometimes lay their eggs indiscriminately on non-larval host plants or dead twigs in the vicinity of of their larval host plants. Sometimes the eggs are laid on very small plants, and the larvae upon exhausting its food source, disperse and locate other plants in the vicinity very quickly. During the day, they lie hidden within the herbaceous plants.

source : Butteflies of srilanka

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A wonderful shot Pankaj, and a very nice dedication.
The DOF and colour are superb,as is the detail.
Excellent work.
Thanks for sharing it with us.

Hi Pankaj,
Beautiful Lemon Pansy. I like this pov and the way you composed this picture. Sharp and colorful image. Very well done and tfs.

Hello Pankaj,
Good frontal point of view gives a different composition!
Tight framing works well as most of the space is used for the subject, attractive texture in the wings...
You capture the patterns well, the colours are nicely reproduced!
Pablo -

Hi Pankaj,
Thanks for the dedication! I'm trilled and honored by your statements!.This is a beautiful picture of "Lemon pancy" which is one of my favorite butterflies. What i liked is that you were able to capture those blues in the eyes on the wings of the of the butterfly which is difficult to record. This POV is dynamically daring!.
Thanks once again for the dedication and people like you is who inspire me to do better things

Hi pankaj.
Nice capture,sharp image,lovely colour

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-06-17 8:10]

Hello Pankaj,
what a beautoful butterfly. It seems like there's an endless number of great butterflies in your country. The image is sharp, has great colours and taken from a fine angle. Well done!

Hello Pankaj
What a wonderful shot of this Pansy,
Fantastic colors and DOF,
Perfect sharpness and lighting,
Great work ,to dedicate this shot to
Goutham, Superb shot,friend.

Good Luck

Hi pankaj,

A lovely composition on this one , as goutham said its difficult to get the blue eyes in perfect colouration. Lovely dedication.



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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-17 9:41]

Hola Pankaj,
bella macro,
magnífico pov y detalles, genial colorido,

Hi Pankaj,
Excellent POV. The capture is great. Focus is good. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-06-17 10:21]

Hi Pankaj.
This is excellent close shot with superb sharp details.Nice composition,great pose with full opened wings and your used very good POV pretty shows all details on this amazing butterfly.Colors and light are wonderful.My compliments and thanks for sharing.
Best greetings Milos.

Wonderful and as per usual crystal clear shot of vibrating and unique colors. I am a neophyte when it comes to butterflies, Yet I learn more every day. Perhaps folks like you open my eyes.


This is another beautiful butterfly shot Pankaj. You are lucky to see so many species! This is very sharp, well composed and exposed. Another real beauty! Thanks,

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-06-17 11:07]

Hi Pankaj,
Wonderful photo and stunning colors.
Well prsented.

A magnificent view of the colours and patterns on the open wings of a Lemon Pansy, Pankaj. Those eye-spots in particular are very attractive.
A well captured image, indeed.
TFS and regards.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-17 13:08]

Panakj, Well done and excellent dedication. No doubt goutham is talented and excellent photographer in TN. I will again dedicate one more for him. I dont mind dedicating all mine to him. But not to deviate the shot is absolutely great. Ganesh

Hello Pankaj,
Beautiful macro showing the hairy,
very sharp focus and great colors
TFS best regards/Lawhill

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-17 22:48]

Hello Pankaj

A beauty.The details and focus are sharp and the colours are well saturated.The textures are well defined.Nicely composed and the pink of the flower adds some nice extra colour.TFS


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-06-18 9:51]

Hello Pankaj
A marvellous capture of this marvellous butterfly. I like the POV showing excellent details like the strange eyes. Magnificent sharpness and DOF and a good composition.
Greetings & TFS

bonjour pankaj
parfait le papillon est parfaitement net de droit a gauche.
excellents details sue les ailes.superbes couleurs.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-18 13:46]

Hi Pankaj.
Bravo, my friend. You are lucky and skilful photographer. You managed to picture so beautiful butterfly at amazing surroundings and have done this perfectly. Superb sharpness, details, colours, POV and DOF. Lighting is great too as well as the composition. My congratulations and TFS.

Hi Pankaj,
A great shot with perfect details, colours and super pov.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-18 16:49]

selam pankaj; excellent shot of this butterfly,good details presented ,nice BG and POV well captured with naturel colours TFS

Hola Pankaj.
Muy nítidos detalles y buenos colores en esta preciosa mariposa.
Acertado encuadre y original PoV.
Saludos mi amigo, JL.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-19 6:46]

Hello Pankaj,
this looks lovely,
The POV and the DOF are wonderful.
Excellent sharp details and the colors looks great.
Very well composed.

Hi dear Pankaj ,
nice image with great details.it has beautiful colours and nice composition.
well captured
Best wishes

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-19 22:46]

Interesting butterfly that is similar to our "Common Buckeye." Very nice exposure with rich natural colors. Good focus and nice details. The DOF is also good.

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