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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: 2007-11-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Gems from India part 2, Angelina's Favorites - Part I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-01 3:56
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Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Many many thanks to Peter Roos for identifying it correctly. It indeed is a Common Emigrant.

The Common Emigrant or Lemon Emigrant (Catopsilia pomona) is a medium sized pierid butterfly found in Asia and parts of Australia. The species gets its name from its habit of migration.

Very interesting details got here from the backlight. The early morning sunlight was strong and I could manage to chose a darker BG to get this effect. Lo and behold I see a different species and the backlighting has highlighted a few details I normally would never have seen with its wings folded. As this is a female I have chosen to give description of only a female.

Upperside: ground-colour varies as in the male, but sometimes it is chalky white at the bases of the wings, with the terminal margins more or less broadly sulphur-yellow. Fore wings always with a round, occasionally quadrate, black discocellular spot variable in size; in some specimens the costa is black only towards the apex of the wing, in others broadly black throughout and opposite the apex of cell so widened out as to touch the discocellular spot. In lightly-marked specimens ill addition to the discocellular spot, there is only an irregular terminal black band dentate inwardly and widest at the apex of the wing; in others there is in addition a more or less diffuse highly-curved macular postdiscal band that extends from the costa obliquely outwards down to vein 7, where it often touches the terminal black band, and thence is continued downward and slightly inclined inwards to interspace 1, getting gradually paler and fainter posteriorly. Hind wing: a series of terminal inter-spacial black spots that vary in size, and in the dark forms coalesce into a terminal black band. Underside: varies from white with a light yellowish sometimes ochraeeous tinge to deep chrome-yellow; markings as in the male but still more variable; in var. catilla the spot at the apex of the cell in both fore and hind wings is enlarged into a large reddish blotch, the similar spot on tho hind wing is sometimes so enlarged as to occupy the apex of the cell, the basal two-thirds of interspaces 4, 5 and 6, and the middle third of interspace 7; in some specimens it is continued posteriorly in a series of obscure lunules to interspace 1a. Antennae red, obscurely dotted with black, palpi and head above red, thorax clothed with long yellow, sometimes greenish hairs, abdomen pale yellow; beneath: palpi and thorax pale to dark yellow, abdomen white.

Shot taken hand-held. Crouching low and holding my breath as I wanted to go as much below to get the shot right. Anyway, hope everybody like this shot as much as I do.

Scientific classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Genus: Catopsilia
Species: C. pomona

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-12-01 4:13]

Hello Sumon,
axtraordinary light and colour composition ... and of course excelent sharpness. The species is
- Catopsilia pomona
- fanmily: Pieridae
probably a female judged form the coloration of the hindwing margin.
Best wishes, Peter

Bonjour Sumon
C'est une très belle photo, que tu nous offres.
Je ne connais pas ce papillon, mais la lumière de ta photo, le transforme en Vitrail

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  • Swats Silver Star Critiquer [C: 37 W: 0 N: 3] (151)
  • [2007-12-01 4:38]

Wow! Thats a fantastic capture Sumon! Awesome light, composition and colours! The sharpness is excellent as well.

Hi Sumon,
Beautiful picture!
I like the way the backlight creates that subtle transparencies on the butterfly's wings.
As usual, you present us a great contrasting image, plenty of vibrant and bright colours, a true joy to the eyes.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-01 5:36]

Hello Sumon,
Perfect light and colours in this photo. The contrasting colours against the black BG are so clear and strong. Together with amazing sharpness, this photo is a masterpiece. Excellent composition.

Ciao Sumon,
questa è una foto di grande livello estetico!
Tutto è estremamente e ottimamente curato: luce sul soggetto, sfondo, messa a fuoco, composizione...
Ancora complimenti,

Perfect exposure,beautiful composition.
Wonderful detail.
Another perfect work from you Sumon.
Your shots are great advertisement for Sony.
Very nice!

Hi Sumon, superb butterfly with splendid details and excellent sharpness, great composition with lovely flowers, beautiful colors, elegant presentation, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Wonderful. I saw this one earlier but decided to waiting for completion on ID. Very well done in the classic Mana style. The dark background is amazing and it is though you carry various background clothes along with you while these creatures sit and wait patiently. I do not know the tricks of the magician pf photography, but as your friend Pankaj says, patience is one of the qualities needed.

hello sumon,

If i had to take this shot i would have done it the same way and framed it like this only, i felt as if its my post but then when i consider the great lighting, spot on focus and the details of the flower & the butterfly i realise that its the work of Mr Sumon Sinha,

This goes straight to my favourite shots and i think its one of the best butterfly shots i have ever seen, great work & i will be glad if i could shoot a single shot of this level,

well done,
tfs & regards


good light and colours and very interesting contrast with that black BG
good work

Hello Sumon,
Excellent exposure and focus in this one!
very sharp with beautiful colour and details always
the dark bg is a real bonus to have the subject so outstanding
well done always

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-01 9:31]

another first class pic,lights and BG are fantastic,and the colours beautifull,a very very good work,have a nice week,Luciano

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-12-01 11:28]

hello Sumon,
Very eye-catching this Common Emigrant picture.
I like the way the light shines through the wings and makes them almost shine. The dark background is perfect as contrast, also towards the beautiful flower. Very well seen.
Thanks a lot

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-12-01 15:06]

Hi Sumon,
Light and colours are a real plus here! Great details and a very artistic photo.
TFS, José M.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-01 17:24]

Hello Sumon

A textbook quality shot,the lighting is amazing.
The colours produced are vibrant and rich.
Excellent tack sharp focus and clarity.
Your POV and DOF are expertly done.
A beautiful post.


Hi Sumon
Fantastic picture! Splendid composition!
Wonderful butterfly!
Excellent sharpness and contrast.
Very good coloration and POV.
Congratulations for the wealth of details.
Thanks for sharing!
Best wishes,
José Roberto

HI Suman,
wow - this composition is perfect - I like the light so much - and those brilliant colours against the dark BG, thanks, excellent shot
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Sumon,
An original composition but with an attractive result!
The light is wonderful, adding something to both flower and insect...
Excellent details and great colours!
Pablo -

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-02 5:10]

What a marvellous new picture, Sumon!!
I don't know how you do it, but the contrast between the illuminated wings and the black bg is fantastic. A great picture with a wonderful composition.
My compliments and TFS

This is a wow shot...the angle and amount of light couldn't be more perfect. The dark background is genius!
Love it love it love it.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-02 22:29]

Hello Sumon,
One might have guessed that flash was used here until on opening the thumnail it is clear that the side light has produced a wonderful translucent effect to illuminate this Common Emigrant in a very attractive way. Great sharpness and composition on the tagetes flower.
Well done ansd TFS!

Hello Sumon,
Wonderful to catch this Lemon Emigrant with back light. Sharp and well seen image. The main subject stands out from the dark background nicely. Very well done.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-02 23:21]

Hello Sumon,
Colors, contrast, POV, composition, focus, sharpness and details are very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

Excellent image Sumon.
The lights direction makes all the difference in a capture, and this is a prime example.
Very nice sharpness, details, DOF, POV, color, comp, and the drama of that black BG can't be beat :)

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-03 8:45]

Hi Sumon

Superb composition - lovely backlight, excellent detail and colour.


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-12-03 10:28]

Excellent macro, Sumon.
Very good lighting, sharp and detailed image, very nice vivid colours.TFS

Hi Sumon
First of all beautiful light. It looks like a studio shot. Perfect sharpness, compo, background - pure black, fantastic Nothing to critique
Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic :-)
Best wishes

Hi Sumon,
Love the light coming through the wings of this butterfly.
Beautiful simple composition
Great POV, details, color...
Well done as always. TFS

Hello Sumon, another wonderful and colourful work. Great quality, sharp throughout, fine detail exposure and light. Fantastic details on the eyes, great textures on the wings. Rgds, Necip

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-12-03 17:55]

Pure Magic! A joy to look at these colors and the Butterfly/Flower combo! An image like a poem! Kudos, Sumon!
Cheers, Klaus

Hi Sumon Da,
A beautiful capture of this Common emigrant. The light work is superb here. And the details and & composition are as always excellent. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-12-04 9:40]

Hi Sumon

The light is stunning in this shot, making the colours vibrant. Beautifully composed, sharp and with a great POV. It looks lovely



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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-05 8:26]

Hello Sumon, another fine shot from you. The sharpness is very good again and the exposure is perfection. I really like the light you captured. well done,


Missed this one, Sumon.
Wonderful light through that superb wing...
Excellent work!

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-12-19 11:16]

Hi Mana,
Excellent shot, as always I expect from you!
Great colors! Love the contrast with the BG!
Good work!

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