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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: 2007-08-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Superb Macros [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-10 2:10
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 88
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Friends, i have been mobile a bit more than usual these days and have not been as regular as I would have liked here on TN. Sorry for that. Even I have not been able to take out my camera as often as I would have liked. Stray outings have not yielded much. Hence I take recourse to my archives this time. Wanting to put a bit of colour into my monotone life I come up with this shot, hope everyone like it.

The Great Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina), also called Blue Moon Butterfly in New Zealand or Common Eggfly,is a species of nymphalid butterfly.

The Great Eggfly is a black-bodied butterfly with a wingspan of about 7–8½ cm. The species has a high degree of sexual dimorphism. The female is mimetic with multiple morphs. The upper side of the wings of the female is a brownish black and does not have any spots like those of the male. The edges bear white markings which are similar to those of the Common Indian Crow.

Great Eggflies are found in Madagascar in the west, through to South and Southeast Asia, South Pacific islands (French Polynesia, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu) and occurs in parts of Australia, Japan and New Zealand. It is a fairly common butterfly found in lightly wooded country, deciduous forests, thick and moist scrub and the greener parts of human habitation. To the west the female is monomorphic, mimicking species of the oriental and Australasian danaid genus Euploea. Eastwards H. bolina is frequently polymorphic and most forms are then non-mimetic. In areas where it resembles Euploea the butterfly has usually been designated a Batesian mimic.

Scientific classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Genus: Hypolimnas
Species: H. bolina

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Magnificent colors, good DOF and focusing. TFS

Hello Sumon,

Beautiful presentation of this butterfly. Good composition. Great sharpness. Good light and very nice colours.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-02-10 2:53]

Hello Sumon,
a beautiful and sharp picture of bolina. The underside wing pattern is particularly nice in
this species - compared to the upperside.
Perfect light management, well selected point of view and attractive composition.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-02-10 3:01]

Hi Sumon,this is one of the butterfly never show there,perfect colours and sharpness,very great work,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-10 3:13]

Hi Sumon

Great detail and colours here. Excellent POV too.


Hello Sumon
Excellent shot of this Eggfly,
Perfect details,exposure and POV,Welldone my friend.


Hi Sumon
Another beauty. As always nicely composed with good POV, perfect sharpness, great contrast and background Nothing to critique
I like it very much

Hi Sumon,
This is wonderful image. Sharp with vibrant colors. POV and composition are perfect. Good to see your nice shot.

Hi Sumon,
I am just marking, I'll be back soon :)
Best greetings,

The image of this lovely butterfly is huge in size, absolutely perfect in terms of technicalities and very pleasing to look at, Sumon.
Your work has always been of very high quality and I admire the way you treat every subject with great attention while taking a picture of it.
Thanks for sharing this marvellous image and best regards.

Hello Sumon,

Bright and sharp capture of this beauty. Clear sharpness in superb perch on that contrasting leaf. Very well done and hope you won't mind me adding this to my personal there.

I like this!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-10 5:51]

Hi Sumon.
Wonderful, pictorial shot of an amazing butterfly ate so attractive scenery. I am impressed with the exactness of details, amazing lighting and its reflection from the leaves, great BG and composition of the picture. Well done and best regards, my friend.

Grande e bela borboleta de qualidade cores e nitides exelente meus parabéns.

Wonderful sharp and clean...great color, nice POV, good DOF...just a great shot! :)

A fine image from your archive to keep you in our minds Sumon....although I didn't mid those wintry shots you posted at all. It showed your versatility! Remember, work or not, keep that camera by Boru side! Ya never know when something will pop out of the bush!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-10 8:33]

Hi Sumon,

Wonderful to see something from your archives. A magnificent macro of this butterfly with the wonderful colors and wing markings. Excellent details and it looks wonderful on the green leaf.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-02-10 9:01]

Hi Sumon

This is beautifully sharp and detailed. The DOF is excellent and effectively isolates the butterfly from the BG. Great POV and composition. Stunning shot



Well done, Sumon.
Beautiful image; the butterfly is overall sharp.
Good work!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-10 9:31]

Hello Sumon,
Wonderful butterfly close up.I liked POV,sharpness,clear details and framing a lot.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-02-10 9:36]

Hi Sumon,

Congratulations for the very nice photo. Image is rasor sharp clear with vfery good details of the butterfly. Colors are great too.

Thank you for sharing,

Ciao Sumon,
un'altra splendida farfalla si aggiunge alla tua incredibile raccolta.
Questa foto poi è veramente spettacolare.

Hello Sumon,
Perfection that's all I can say about this posting as usual!
thank you so much for sharing your excellent work!
best regards and take care

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-10 12:19]

Hello Sumon,
Excellent sharp and detailed focus. Light and colours are very beautiful. Great composition and POV.

Gorgeous butterfly image Sumon. The wonderful details are shown so well by your excellent work and fine pov. Such beautiful color patterns on this bf and with the light and dark greens it makes for a fine composition. Kudos.
TFS, Richard

Great BG, POV, DOF, and exposure.
Best regards,

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-11 2:53]

Hi Sumon,
An outstanding shot from you!
Beautiful colors and prefect sharpness!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-11 3:25]

A stunning butterfly and a stunning shot!
Excellent composition and parallel POV.
Very, very detailed and crisp.
The DOF blurs the BG perfectly while keeping the whole butterfly tack-sharp, antenna and all!
Pleasing composition.
Very well done Sumon,

p.s I'm sorry to hear your life "monotone" and I really hope it picks up soon!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-02-11 3:59]

Sumonda, Very nice and simply amazing colors. Wonderful view and nice catch to the eyes. Well done dada. Ganesh

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-11 4:38]

This is Classic Sumon stuff! Super sharp, wonderful colours and a perfect composition. I shouldn't worry too much if you have these lurking in your archives, very well done!

Hi Sumon, elegant butterfly with beautiful colors, splendid sharpness and wonderful details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-02-11 8:17]

One more fantastic close-up photo from You Sumon! Great work, this beautiful butterfly is in perfect pose and the light is wonderful!
best regards,

Hi Sumon,
A wonderful image!
I like the great colour management and composition show here.
Focus and sharp details on the wings let us admire the fine texture of it.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
Best regards,

Hello Sumon awsome sharp detail, excellent light and colour. DOF was perfect. tfs rgds Necip.

Superbe et magnifique composiiton ,les couleurs sont extraordinaires.

Still me Sumon,
this one is again a splendid macro-shot,
you are the king of buterfly !!!

Hello Sumon,
ahh, this isa beauty!
The wonderful wing pattern is so well reproduced, sharp fine details and very natural colours...
DOF spot on, a good point of view and an effective composition!
Pablo -

Excellent color, textures, and detail Sumon.
The POV, comp, and exposure are well done also..
You've succeeded very well in your mission of monotone color replacement :}

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-12 18:20]

I'm amazed at the beauty of those colours and at the vivid sharpness too. What a fantastic macro of this butterfly Sumon, this one has to be among the best picture of butterfly I have seen. The light is great and we see the whole wing of the butterfly with this superb pattern. Thank you!


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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-02-12 22:43]

Belles formes et couleurs impeccables.
Bonne journée.

Buen encuadre y contraste. No es de tus mejores fotografías pero indudablemente con tu sello y eso es una garantía jejeje.
Abrazo: J. Ignasi

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-13 4:42]

Hello Mana
Very nice presentation.Good POV Details and light are excellent .This image is also very sharp image.
TFS Michel

Hi Sumon Da,
A nice capture of this great eggfly. Excellent composition and details. Very good POV. Good notes too. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-26 12:26]

Hi Sumon

This is a lovely butterfly shot that i seem to have missed when originally posted.
I really like the beautiful pose you captured here as well as the way you handle the light on your subject - without using any flash, you managed to get the best of details even in the shadowed parts.
The colors are also terrific, the DOF is exceptional and the sharpness of the overall image is great!
Very nicely done!

Bravo and TFS

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-02-27 6:10]

Hi Sumon,
what a wonderful series of butterfly shots your showing here in your portfolio.
Love this one a lot, the composition and the POV are excellent.

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