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Another Peacock Pansy

Another Peacock Pansy
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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: 2007-07-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Gems from India part 2, In Tandem With My Muses: Photography [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-12 4:00
Viewed: 11393
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 92
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Peacock Pansy
Junonia almana

Friends, this is yet another image of this butterfly from my July shoot. Fortunately, there are no leaves obstructing the view like in my previous posts of it.
Here is a note borrowed from Wikipedia:

The Peacock Pansy is a species of nymphalid butterfly found in South Asia.

Dry-season form

Upperside rich orange-yellow. Fore wing with a pale dusky and a much darker short transverse bar with lateral jet-black marginal lines across cell, another somewhat similar bar defining the discocellulars ; costal margin, an inner and an outer subterminal line, and a terminal line dusky black; a large minutely white-centred ocellus with an inner slender and outer black ring on disc in interspace 2; two similar but smaller geminate subapical ocelli with an obscure pale spot above them and a short oblique bar connecting them to the black on the costa. Hind wing: a small minutely white-centred and very slenderly black-ringed discal ocellus in interspace 2, with a very much larger pale yellow and black-ringed ocellus above it spreading over interspaces 4, 5 and 0, the centre of this ocellus inwardly brownish orange, outwardly bluish black, with two minute white spots in vertical order between the two colours ; finally postdiscal subterminal and terminal black sinuous lines. Underside ochraceous brown, very variable. In most specimens the ceil of the fore wing is crossed by three dark sinuous bands, the outermost along the discocellulars ; these are very faint in some ; both fore and hind wings crossed by a basal and a discal pale sinuous line, the latter margined outwardly by a dark shade, which is traversed by an obscure somewhat obsolescent row of dark spots, and outwardly bounded by a subterminal sinuous line, the dark shade in many cases spreading on the fore wing to the terminal edge of the wing ; on the hind wing the subterminal line meets the discal in an acute angle at the tornus. Antennae dark brown; head, thorax and abdomen more or less orange-brown ; paler beneath.

Wet-season form

Upperside similar, the black markings deeper in colour and heavier, the subterminal and terminal lines more clearly defined. Underside pale ochraceous. Fore wing: cell crossed by live short sinuous dark brown lines, a similar lino on the discocellulars and another beyond it, both bent inwards at an angle and continued to the dorsum, the space between them forming a discal broad fascia, which pales to whitish posteriorly ; the postdiscal ocelli, subterminal and terminal lines as on the upperside but paler. Hind wing: a slender transverse subbasal dark line, a discal whitish straight fascia in continuation of the one on the fore wing; the postdiscal ocelli, the subterminal and terminal lines much as on the upperside but paler; the anterior ocellus with a double iris and centre. Antennae dark brown; head, thorax and abdomen slightly darker than in the dry-season form.


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Hello Ram,
Very beautiful butterfly. Likes these eyes in the orange wing.
Good sharpness, colours, POV,...

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-12 4:05]

Hi Ram,
Just acknowledging this wonderful shot from you now and will come back with a proper critique later. I am still out of town, in fact I am stuck here. Hope to be back by tomm.

hi ram,
another beautiful picture of a butterfly. very good dof and sharpness.

Bonjour Ram
Superbe photo de ce beau papillon. Netteté, couleurs et arrière plan très beaux.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-12 5:04]

Hola Ram,
deliciosa macro,
colore y encuadre magníficos...
buen trabajo,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-12 5:17]

Hello Ram,
This is a stunning capture of this bright Peacock. All in focus showing sharp details and wonderful colours. I love the light blue flowers in the background and the composition is beautiful!
Many thanks, Ulla

Dear Ram
Splendid macro shot with beautiful colours and detail on patterns. Well done!
I can find no fault. Congratulations and thanks for sharing. As always appreciated.
Warmest regards

Hello Ram,
this is such a beautiful butterfly!
The colours are very vibrent.
+++ Great sharpness, detail and clarity.
Lovely lighting and colours.
Decent DOF and BG.
--- Bit too much space below the butterfly so I did a workshop to show a different composition. I hope you don't mind.
Nevertheless this is a striking capture that is full of skill.
Great job.
Well done,

Hi Ram!
I just marking to come back soon with detailed comment :)
Best withes,

Very fine sharp. Excellent details and lovely colours. Very nice shot.
Best wishes,

Hello Ram
Wonderful shot of this Peacock Pansy,
Bangalore isn't that cold . Now I have a good time capturing macros :o)
Perfect focusing,details and composition,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

Hi Ram,
A beautiful capture of the p. pansy!
It's very good the pose got with the wings wide open, to let us enjoy its beautiful colours and patterns.
I like very much the composition made, with all those greens and subtle blue flowers.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Ciao Ram,
una foto eccellente, dai colori naturali, di una specie magnifica.

Hello Ram,
Beautiful composition with this orange butterfly on the blue flower.
Nice colour and detail.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-12 7:19]

Hello Ram,
What a wonderful picture!
Butterfly looks magnificent! Sharpness and colors are amazing!
Great work, congratulations!

Dear Ram,
WoW!! Very beautiful shot of this Peacock Pansy you present here!
This is one of my favorite butterflies and you've captured very lovely, with excellent details and great composition & POV!
Well presented with excellent focusing as well!
TFS and warm regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-12 8:16]

It may just be another Peacock Pansy, Ram, but it is a fresh specimen that you captured superbly well.
Fine sharpness and beautifully composed with the blue flowers: one of the best of this species on TN!
Well done and thanks,
Best wishes, Ivan

Ram, A beautiful picture. Peacock Pansy looks beautiful from the top and the bottom. You have captured an excellent fresh specimen with glorious details.

- Murali Santhanam

bonjour ram
superbe image,les couleurs sont tres vives et le papillon parfaitement nette,je pense qu'il a pas grand chose a dire sinon felicitations.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-11-12 8:51]

Hi Ram,

A perfect shot of this beautiful butterfly and the lovely flower. The position of the Peacock Pansy is wonderful showing off the beautiful markings. Wonderful colors, excellent details and a fantastic composition.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-12 9:42]

Hi, dear Ram
Really great butterfly picture. Your photo model is beautiful at highest range. And you managed to reflect it at very nice surroundings. Technically shot is executed perfectly too. Great composition, sharpness and blurriness, amazing sunlight and vivid colours. Bravo and kind regards.

Hi Ram,
there are no word necessary - it's perfect!!!
Just enjoy ....
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Ram

A stunning shot. Beautiful colours, nicely cropped with excellent quality to the image. :-)

Hello Ram,
This is gorgeous! And so is the butterfly.:-)
Great POV open wing pose, color, detail. comp., DOF.
Well done

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-11-12 11:35]

Hello Ram,
you show a brilliant and fiery picture of this entirely intact butterfly. The distinct colour patterns are nicely presented. Nice composition.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Ram a wonderfull detailed shot with amazing colours and marking on this beauty, lovely subtle contrast with the light blue flowers also. good work tfs rgds Necip.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-11-12 12:33]

Hi Ram,
Excellent macro shot!
Great composition with nice POV,
very good details and nice colours.
Well done!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-12 15:32]

Another very lovely butterfly!
the colours are perfectly saturated and the details are crisply clear.
Excellent notes

hello sir,
this is another fine capture of the peacock pansy here, all the posts of this specimen of yours have been lovely like this one, the wing pattern has been captured beautifully, lovely colours, nicely composed shot, these butterflies are so beautiful and hard to find/shoot the opportunities should be utilised to maximum, I always prefer taking atleast 3/4 shots in different pov.
very wll done,
tfs & regards

A beauty Ram

Perhaps the perfect butterfly shot. Great diagonal composition, perfect DOF and sharpness. Excellent pattern detail on this fresh specimen. And a great background. The only thing missing (in my humble opinion) is a black boder to really set it off. Well done.


Hello Ram,
WOW !!! What a fantastic buterfly with these terrific vivid colours!
Wonderful sharp details an lovely BG. A GREAT SHOT Ram :-)
TSF and best regards,


Hello Ram.

Excellent picture, noice composition and colors.
Very good details, fantastic.

Jose Luis.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-13 6:10]

WOW!! What a marvellous picture, Ram!! It's so perfect in all senses! With the beauty of the butterfly and the flowers you made an exquisite composition. Magnificent sharpness, POV, DOF, lighting and colors.
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing!

Back with points :)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-13 18:17]

Hello Ram,
WOW, Ram what a fantastic butterfly species you have captured here with your normal excellent camera work, thanks for sharing.

hi ram,

very beautiful orange colors!and beautiful drops in its wings!!!good and nice details!

Dr. Ram Thakur,
Your notes are HIGHLY educational.
Have visited your blog. AMAZING stuff.
Hope to visit your excellent work more often.
Warm regards from COLD COLD Canada from,

Hi Mr. Ram,
A beautiful capture of this peacock pansy. Splendid details and excellent POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Dear Ram,
a presentation of iconical beauty. High precision details, marvellous light from an ideal angle, perfectly well saturated rich colours, a msterpiece of composition. Wonderful. Thank you!
My best regards,

Perfect color and exposure Ram, nice detail and a great POV. It's a gem alright!
Beautiful work,

Hola Ram,
Hacía tiempo que no visitaba tu galería y veo que agregaste muchas bellas imágenes, esta es fantástica por su bella composición, gran nitidez, luz y bellos colores. TFS. Un cordial saludo
José Ramón

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-11-18 10:25]

selam ram
woow its great species for me and i had never seen like this before and i say its wonderful close-up working on this beautiful butterfly
composition, point of view, background, lighitng, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

Hello Ram,
What a beautiful photo. Good shot, good colors and details. TFS.
Best wishes,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-11-19 2:33]

Hello Ram,
There you have been lucky to catch such a beauty. What to say more in front of it. We just admire.
Have a great thank for it

Hi Ram,fabulous composition with splendid colours,Good works

Beautiful shot with nicely saturated colours. It's got a nice DOF as well. TFS Trevor

Hello Ram Gee,
Hope you'll be fine, sir. Moments ago while I was posting my shot of Peacock Pansy, I suddenly came across your photos of the butterfly and the excellent, scholarly note it carried. I am really impressed the way you have helped millions across the globe in the proper identification of the species. This means a lot. Thanks for sharing...warmest regards/Abid

Ow Wow!!!! These colors are phenomenal!

great sharp sunny pic, TFS Ori

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