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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Volkan's Best, Gems from India part 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-22 3:29
Viewed: 5179
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 88
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Peacock Pansy, Junonia almana, is a species of nymphalid butterfly found in South Asia.

A small to medium sized orange butterfly with large eyespots on the upper side of hind wings, and smaller ones on the forewing. The sexes are similar in colour and pattern. The females is usually larger. The short wavy black bands that emanate from the costal margins are distinctive. The under side is variable. Some specimens have very small markings against a light ground colour, while others have more prominent eyes and richer colors.

A widely distributed species but is scarce at elevations above 3000 feet. This is an edge species and can be seen around rice fields more frequently than at any other location. It may be seen almost year round though its numbers peak only during the monsoons.

Its habits are very similar to the Chocolate Soldier or Lemon Pansy and it joins migratory flights. The large eyes are displayed suddenly when the butterfly opens its wings - this unexpected visual signal presumably confuses the predator and takes it by surprise. The larvae feed on plants of the Acanthaceae.

Shot taken hand held in wet conditions. Following it tooth and nail until it sat on this concrete wall. The shots where it is perched on plants did not come out so well. Hope you all like it.

Scientific classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Genus: Junonia
Species: J. almana

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-22 3:32]

Hello Sumon, it's a fantastic shot of that beautiful butterfly, very sharp, good exposure and lovely composition. Well done,


Hi Sumon
Oh yes! Another fantastic shot. And again I dont know what to say. Nothing to critique. Absolute perfection :-)and those mesmerizing "eyes"
Very best wishes Have a nice weeakend

My dear friend Sumon,
This is breath-taking close up photo with perfect sharpness, awesome colour and details
my special compliment for your outstanding work in all of butterflies posting! you are special!
well composed and well seen
always with you

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-09-22 4:10]

Helo Sumon,
how did you achieve that the perfect butterfly stands out so clearly? ... It's clear, perfect focus, hight sharpness and just right depth of field.
Best wishes, Peter

Congrats Sumon,
Another superb one...
What a beauty; butterfly as well as photo.

Excellent close-frame composition Sumon.
Also excellent are the colors, exposure, DOF, and details I see.
Very well done!

Gran belleza y un excelente encuadre y colores,

Saludos Sumon

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-09-22 5:06]

HI Sumon,
Simply stunning butterfly!! Excellent details, beautiful texture and colors.
Thanks for posting.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-09-22 5:25]

Hi Sumon,

An excellent capture with good colors and sharpness,it contrasts very well against the oof BG ,well done and tfs


I found myself scrolling up and down on the photo, mesmerized by the wing pattern. BEAUTIFUL!!!
Great colors and sharpness. A real beauty!!

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-09-22 5:56]

hi Sumon
encore une image exceptionnelle, la couleur est éclatante et la netteté parfaite. Belle présentation.


Hi Sumon, wonderful butterfly with perfect focus and excellent sharpness, great colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

What can I say Sumon?
Your work is so consistently perfect that I might as well just have 'perfect' ready to paste into every one of your posts.
Colours,detail,exposure and composition are all spot on as usual.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-09-22 6:48]

Hello Sumon,
What a fantastic sharpness and details. Very good exposure and composition. Nice BG and POV.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-22 6:59]

Hello Sumon,
What a splendid close-up of this lovely butterfly! This one nearly comes out of my screen - it is so powerful in size and colour!! Nobody can beat this!!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2007-09-22 7:06]

great colors. nice composition. very well done. tfs

Hello Sumon,
Another beautiful capture, another beautiful butterfly
Very well composed and wonderful colors, great POV
I love the "eyes" on its wings, very majestic my friend


Hello Sumon, splendid macro shot of this fantastic peacock pansy, colors and sharpness are wonderfull, very good pose, perfect focus with a great deeph of field, lovely composition very well framed,

Hi Sumon,
that's the shot of the day - thoses colours are wonderful, the design of the wings so beautiful, just perfect, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-09-22 10:37]

Back later, cutting grass

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-09-22 10:40]

selam sumon , excellent macro shot and very good composition of this b.fly .nice pov and bg with splendid colours.well presented pose
Well done my friend!
Regards ridvan

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-22 11:00]

Hi Sumon.
My congratulations. It is true masterpiece. Terrific beautifulness of the pictured butterfly and superb quality of the shot. Fantastic colours and details, diagonal structure of the image and suitable BG, exact cropping and so on. Bravo and TFS.

Perfect POV and focus on the butterfly. Interesting BG that works out well with its neutral colors. Well done.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-22 12:38]
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Hello Sumon,
Great capture and PP work, resulting in the best image of a Peacock Pansy on TN. As a simple portrait of this species it is perfect!
What more can I say!
Well done and TFS!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-22 13:00]

Hi sumon. This is excellent work. You have captured fine detail with your sharp focusing. good natural colours and a nice POV. very well done TFS. good notes too.

have a good sunday..

You post and people come like magic to see your own magic. Mr Sumon Sir...Your wonderful creation and reprint of natural things are as good as ever. you have set the bar for excellence in nature photography.
Very Kind Regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-09-22 15:05]

Hi Sumon,

WOW! This butterfly is awesome! Fantastically beautiful composition. You have it positioned perfectly. Everything about this is perfect You are an amazing photographer.


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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-09-22 19:11]

Bela imagewm bela borboleta sem comentário,exelente parabéns.

hello sumon,
excellent shot, liked the tight cropping, well composed shot, beautiful colours,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Sumon,
Excellent picture. This is a gem of a butterfly which is very well shot and presented. The details on the wings are excellent.
Goutham R

Hello Sumon,
It is seldom to see a perfect butterfly with no damage at all to the fragile wings!
Lovely patterns and silky soft textures, wonderful colour reproduction... What more to say?
Pablo -

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-09-23 8:58]

Sumon, Where on the earth you get such a lovely butterfly. The position and the pose and the lighting etc etc are superb. Ganesh

Hola Sumon.
Maravillosos colores los de esta mariposa.
Buen encuadre en esta excelente captura.
Ciao, JL.

Belle vue d'une netteté remarquable.
Bonne journée.

Magnifique, impressionnant on voit tellement bien les éléments pour se protéger.

  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-09-23 11:58]

Hola Sumon, excelente toma de gran belleza, buenos detalles y color. Saludos Sira

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-09-23 12:33]

Hi Sumon

That colour is glorious. Wonderful sharp details and lovely composition. A stunning picture as ever



Hi Sumon Da,
A beautiful closeup capture of this peacock pansy. Lovely details and a very nice composition with good DOF maintained in all the frame. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-09-24 8:07]

hello Sumon,
What a beauty, this butterfly. Well composed picture with the diagonal pose of the Peacock Pansy . Nice neutral background, fits well with the colours of the butterfly.
Best regards

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-27 9:20]

Hello Sumon

Another beautiful butterfly.The colours are vivid and well saturated.The focus is razor sharp with amazing detail and texture.The diagonal composition is wonderful.Textbook quality.TFS


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-10-05 6:31]

Another beauty which had the great luck to fall under your camera!
Just great!! Magnificent in all senses. It cheers up the spirit.

HI Sumon,
Wow what a great close up shot of this beautiful butterfly! Great color and sharpness...love it. TFS

Witaj Sumon,
Miraculous colours. Pieknie exposed butterfly. Sharp picture. Applause for description.
Pozdrawiam i gratuluje - Roma

Hello Sumon,
It's just amazing picture: excellent colours, sharpness and of course perfectly composed. Very good DOF - thanks


great colours, TFS Ori

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