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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: 2008-06-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterfly Encyclopedia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-24 10:28
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I dedicate this photo to one of our most respected elders Mr. RAM THAKUR. Few days back when I uploaded a picture of the upper wings of this butterfly he wanted to see the underwings if I had one to show. Here it is. I have always held him in high esteem not only for his photographs but also for his wisdom and kindness. He has always been very very encouraging and I do value his words for all they matter. We are likely to meet in Delhi very soon (probably on 2nd September) and my excitement knows no bounds.

Recently I have been a bit tied up with some work and hence have not been very regular in visiting the gallery. Hope to catch up soon.

This shot was taken hand held in cloudy conditions. Have to confess that this one gave me a rough time and I was bone tired after running after it for quite some time. Hope everyone like this shot.

The Danaid Eggfly (Hypolimnas misippus) is a widespread species of nymphalid butterfly. It is well known for polymorphism and mimicry.

The female is Polymorphic and has three forms. They are:

First form : Upperside rich tawny. Fore wing : the costa, the apical half of the wing and the termen black, the inner margin of this black area follows a line crossing the cell obliquely and curving round to near apex of interspace 1 a ; a white spot beyond apex of cell; an oblique band of elongate white spots, a more transverse short subapical series of three or four much smaller white spots, and an inner and an outer sub-terminal transverse series of very small slender white lunules. Hind wing: a transverse round spot in interspace 7, the terminal margin broadly black, the latter traversed by two transverse series of paired small white lunules. Cilia of fore and hind wings white alternated with black. Underside paler tawny yellow, the disc of the fore wing deeper tawny; the markings are much as on the upperside but differ as follows :—Fore wing: three white spots along the anterior margin of cell, the black on the apical area beyond the oblique band of white spots replaced by golden. Hind wing: a black spot at base of vein 8, another at base of interspace 5, and a postdiscal transverse series of small white spots in addition to the markings as on the upperside.

Second form : Similar to the above but the disc of the hind wing on both upper and under sides white, =alcippoides.

Third form : Similar to the first form, but on the fore wing the oblique series of: elongate spots yellowish and tho middle portion of the black apical area tawny.

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

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-24 10:35]

Hi Sumon,

I'm so glad Ram made this request! He deserves the dedication. Absolutely perfect - typical Mana work. The pose on the leaf is wonderful showing this one off in all its glory. Magnificent colors and superb details. Clarity, background and composition could not be better.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-24 10:38]

Hi Sumon. This is a very good picture to dedicate to Mr Ram.. This is a very colourful and sharp picture of the butterfly. Youhave taken it from the side view so we can see the closed wing. wel ldone TFS.

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-08-24 10:44]

Hola Sumon, excelente macro.
Muy bonita composición, con perfecta exposición.
Tonos de color naturales y muy atractivos.
Nitida y con buen detalle.
El fondo es muy bonito, con excelente desenfoque y agradables tonos de color. Un saludo

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-24 10:56]

Hello Sumon,
A nice capture of this beautiful Hypolimnas misippus. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Regards Siggi

Hi Sumon.
Pretty butterfly with splendid coloration!
Excellent contrast and sharpness.
Very pleasant composition.
Congratulations for beautiful work!
Best wishes,
José Roberto

Dear Sumon
Very intersting spieces to shoot,
Perfect details,BG and colors. Welldone my friend.


hi Sumon,
nice POV and excellent sharpness
in this fine capture
great compo my friend

best sERGIO

Hi Sumon
Beautiful butterfly and great sharp image. Nice compo with butterfly on the right and beautful saturated colors.I like it very much

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-08-24 12:20]

Hello Sumon,
a beautiful female specimen of misippus often mis-identified as Danaus chrysippus.
The colours and structures are so brilliand and sharp - it seems that the butterfly rests directly in front of me.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-24 12:36]

Hello Sumon,
Brilliant view of this beautiful butterfly in a lovely pose on the grass. Details are razor sharp and the colours very beautiful. An excellent composition too and a fine dedication to Ram.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-08-24 12:39]

Hello Sumon, your butterfly shots are always great to watch and this one is even better if it's possible, everything in it is just perfect, thanks!


Hello Sumon,
beautiful butterfly and great composition. Great sharpness and splendid details. Fantastic colors and good POV.
Thanks for sharing

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-08-24 13:19]

Hello Sumon,
what a fantastic photo!
Excellent clarity and sharpness.
Very good DOF too.
The colours are lovely!
Great dedication to Ram.

All the best!


I would tell you that you have 20/20 visi0on but my guess your vision is much better than that..Have you ever had it tested? Your images are never off sharp. I don't think I have seen anyone with sharper images in this style..and I say style because there are macro magicians....but that is a different genre..

Hello Sumon,
Perfect dedication for a gentleman! Mr.Ram!
the image with high quality with sharpness, nice colour and superb details always from your presentation
nice to hear from you always
friend Tony

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-08-24 21:05]

Hi Sumon.
Thanks for next your brilliant picture of an amazing butterfly at a very pictorial scenery. All is perfect. I am amazed with terrific sharpness and stunning details of the butterfly image and leaf which the butterfly is sitting on, great rich colours and nice blurriness of the BG. Bravo. Perfect job.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-24 22:37]

Hello Sumon,
An technically excellent capture of this mimicing Nymphalid, H. missipus, looking here like a danaid.
The sharpness and contrast with the grassy BG really show it off well.
A superb image and a very suitable dedication to our TN friend Ram.
TFS this beauty,

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-08-24 23:52]

Hello Sumon,

I am glad to see an other of your great shots. I am impressed by the quality of the image starting with the excelent DOF, keeping the whole insect in focus, till the wonderfull color rendering. There is also a very nice contrast between the insect and the grasses arround.


Hello Sumon,

Splendid capture of this butterfly. Perfect composition, POV, DOF, sharpness... Beautiful vivid colours. Everything perfect!

Hello Sumon,
Excellent picture. TFS.
- Nirmal

Hi, Sumon,

excellent capture of an elegant butterfly. very nice composition and details. tks.

Man Yee

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-08-25 2:33]

Hi Sumon,
awesome macro of this under side of Danaid Eggfly. Very interesting point of view with clear details and colors.Natural BG and excellent composition. Brilliant exposure and nice dedication to Mr.Ram.
Thanks for sharing

Hi Sumon,

A great macro shot. Good detail and composition, well done!


Wonderful image. Really nice with great sharpness. Amazing colour, detail and depth. Well done.
Best wishes,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-25 7:29]

Hello Sumon this is brilliant. Wonderful view and superb clarity. I like the way the butterfly standing you had positioned in the frame. Superb lighitng and framing. Ganesh

Hi Sumon,
This is a marvelous shot, with so much details and beautiful colours. TFS this beauty,

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2008-08-26 0:55]

Hi Sumon.

Magnific colors, contrast, details and point of view, is excellent sharpness,good note.


Hi Sumon, an another superb macro of a butterfly with excellent clarity, POV and DOF.
Many thanks for sharing this beauty.


Excelente enfoque y profundidad y un interesante juego de geometrías. Te recreaste y magnificaste esas alas que tan bien captaste.

I, living so close to Ram Sir, have yet to have the good fortune of meeting him, even though we did plan it out, it did not work out!
A lovely shot, Dada, superb in its detail..
Very well done, Dada.

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

Hello Sumon,
I'm awefully sorry I missed out this grand image which you have dedicated to me. What an honour! I am humbled.
I am also touched to know that you had to undergo lot of physical discomfort just to fulfil my whim of seeing its lower wings. Tons of thanks. The image is so beautiful it compensates for your suffering and my sense of guilt.
The nether wings of this butterfly are equally attractive. As usual, you have captured a flawless image with great aesthetic side to it.
Needless to say, it goes into my favourites list.
Thanks and best regards.
Looking forward to seeing you soon,

Hello Sumon. I am amazed by the number of species you have in your collection. The sharpness of this shot is flawless. The perch on that blade of grass is so stunning. Pleasing color in a well balanced framing. Well done and best regards. Jusni

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-09-11 16:03]

Wonderful. Gary

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-11-21 18:33]

Hello Sumon,
excellent clarity and beautiful catch of this great butterfly.
Really enjoy seeing its beauty with lovely lighting and green background.
Nice graphical lines by the grass, captivating natural colours of the subject.
Excellent dispaly.


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