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Elymnias hypermenstra

Elymnias hypermenstra
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Copyright: Smitha Komath (smitha) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, 300mm AF-S F4 Nikkor
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/180 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Passion Unlimited, Butterflies of India [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-04 3:32
Viewed: 3440
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the picture of Common Palmfly, Elymnias hypermenstra.This is the most common and widely distributed Palmfly and the only one found in South India .It is very common in jungles and palm plantations . It avoids bright sunlight and rarely comes out into the open . Itis active through out the year in South India and from spring to autumn in North India .It has a weak flight and settles for a long time on leaves or trunks of palm trees at some height from the ground . This species shows strong sexual dimorphism .The female is seen very rarely and on the wing , mimics the plain Tiger , Danaus chrysippus and the Common Tiger , Danaus genutia genutia . Though usually they lay eggs in coconut palms, in our place the larvae are most seen in ornamental palms in the garden. The larvae are bright apple green in colour . Head square ,pink with a pair of yellow horns . Body with ashy yellow dorsal and sub-dorsal lines and blue and red spots on segments 8 and 9. Last segment with a pair of tails, yellow at the base with pink spots .It feeds on Bamboo , Coconut , Arecanut , Date and other palms.

The mating pair was seen sitting on Malasian Bamboo planted in our garden. It was drizzling and I could take only few hurried shots. The photo was taken with D200/AF S Nikkor 300mm, handheld. The image converted from RAW to JPEG.The light was not very good so I have made some ajustments in photoshop cs and also cropped the image.
Thanks a lot for stopping by and leaving your critiques.
Regards, Smitha.

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Beautiful... TFS

hi smitha,
lovely post, nice moment captured and presented well, well composed shot, nice pov,
tfs & regards

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-04 4:07]

Hi Smitha,
an excellant shot.
Very sharp with a brilliant composition and DOF.
Well done,

Hello Smitha
Excellent mating shot of these intersting Butterflies,
Great focusing,compostion and POV,
Fantastic colors and BG,Superb shot,friend.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-04 7:16]

Hello Smitha,
Excellent capture of these beautiful butterflies, new to me. I love your composition and details are very sharp and colours lovely. The dark background makes them stand out very nicely.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi smitha,
very good capture,well composition.


Is this butterfly season now in Kodanad? You are getting beautiful pictures of exotic butterflies.

- Murali Santhanam

HI smitha,

A wonderfull capture , This is the 2nd time i am able to see this palm but u have got an excellent shot of this pair mating.Love the POV in this.Congrats on getting such exotic butterfly in there with a very good composition.



Hi Smitha,
Nice capture. though some disturbances are there. sharp and nice conmposition. notes are good.i wish some more close up would be great.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-07-04 10:41]

a good picture.very good details and sharpness is also good.

Hi Smitha

Excellent composition and POV on this one. The colours and details have coome out nicely as well. Intersting use of the frame colours :).

Thanks FS

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-07-04 19:22]

Nice moment&nice capture!!

Hi Smitha,
An excellent capture. Very nice composition and POV. Natural Light. Well done. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-05 4:11]
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HI Smitha, I am really jealous man. Not an opportunity i get to see the butterfly in delhi. I think due to hot weather most of them are dead or sleeping. This is really beautiful. Ganesh

Hi Smitha,
This is a class picture!! and a great catch!! The details are amazing the colors are wonderful.
I Liked the composition too and the neat PP

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-07-06 5:09]

Hello Smitha,
Beautiful capture.Nicely exposed and composed.POV,clear details and framing are also wonderful.Exclelent work!

Bonjour Smitha
Très joli ce macro, les détails et les contrastes sont réussis très jolis couleurs. Il est sublime ce papillon avec une belle présentation avec un très beau BG.

Bravo et merci ....JP

Dear Smitha, well placed and nice moment captured well. Good details and the highlights on the wings are very nice. with best regards.vab.

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