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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: 2008-08-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-05 0:49
Viewed: 4001
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On our trip to Mangalajodi I came across a few species of butterflies which seemed so very out of place. The habitat was marshy and the place around the watch tower was surrounded by shrubs. I found this tiny but swift flier hovering around and getting a perfect shot needed a lot of effort and getting into uncomfortable areas. However I managed a few decent shots in this challenging situation with a help of my protagonist and a bit of luck through perseverance.

Shot taken hand held in relatively good light conditions. Hope everyone like it.

Telicota ancilla, commonly known as the Dark Palm Dart, is a butterfly belonging to the family Hesperiidae. These species form a complex and exact species identity can only be determined by examination of the genitalia.

Scientific classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Genus: Telicota
Species: T. ancilla

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Hi Sumon
Beautiful skipper. Good sharpness, perfect OOF background and unusual POV. As always a very good job
Best wishes

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-05 1:00]

Hi Sumon,
very good sharp detail and clarity, as always! I like your POV directly from the side here, it's great to see this Dark Palm Dart in profile like this.

Hi Mana!

I like the notes very much! They explain very well how difficult it is to take a picture of a butterfly. I made my first experiences this summer and was impressed by the complexity of the undertaking.

The picture is perfect as usual: great sharpness that shows rich details, wonderful lighting and colour management. An eye-candy as we love them from you!

Kind regards


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-05 1:00]

Hello Sumon,
A great capture of this Skipper.
Excellent composition,sharp detail and a Very good background.
Nice one,well done.

Superb shot, Dada..Sorry, I could not be there with you when you were here.I read the invite after you met up

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-09-05 1:21]

hello Sumon,
What beautiful colours and what a cute little skipper. Very fine and elegant shot, a great picture.

Hi Sumon!
Very nice capture of Telicota ancilla! It is amazing that it prefers so small flowers to find nectar. Sharpness and DOF are very nice - as always :)
All the best from Lodz my Friend!

Stunning beauty as usual.The sharpness is mind blowing.Fantastic capture Dada.I can count the hairs on the leggs.


Hi Sumon,

This is wonderful macro picture, well composed, POV, Colours, BG is great. Well done. TFS

Hi Sumon Da,
A nice capture of this tiny palm dart. Not an easy one to capture so nicely. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello my dearest friend Sumon!
I totally loved the sharpness in the awesome image!
the exposure and focus is alway perfect from you!
many thanks for the sharing
you take good care and sincere regards to you and family
your friend from NZ

Hello Sumon,

Excellent capture of this skipper with a beautiful composition. Excellent sharpness. Very good light and colours.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-05 3:58]

Hello Sumon, Just simply superb shot and my hands really moving towards your camera. Excellent sharp details and wonderful wonderful view. Great sharpness and amazing shot. Well done and I am proud that I know such a superb photographer. Ganesh

Of course one cannot stop dead in tracks when one of your images is posted. I see you must have done this just after I went to bed. Very nice Summon. It is your typical "perfect picture"...The perch and insect go hand in hand...Very nicely done...sorry...I can't find fault...maybe next time..keep trying:-)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-05 9:27]

Hello Sumon,
Superb capture of this Skipper all sharply in focus. Excellent details and colours and I like its pose on the flower. A very fine composition too.
I don't know why but I don't seem to succeed with my Skippers, I suppose it's the way they're holding their wings and it's hard to get the smooth background.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-05 9:58]

Hi Sumon,

How can you call this a "decent" shot? It's as wonderful as all of your others. Everything seems perfect to me - the pose on the pretty flower, wonderful colors, razor sharp details of the entire Dark Palm Dart, a lovely setting and terrific composition.


amazing detail and great pose in this compo
she has been able to mix so perfect quality of this photo with perfect doses of color, focus, sharpness and BG
my compliments Sumon

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-05 11:26]

Brilliant macro of this Skipper, Sumon!
The soft light is excellent and has conserved all of the detail.
Very sharp and crisp.
Excellent composition.

Well done,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-05 12:08]

Hello Sumon,
What a perfection in this photo! Details, colours, composition, timing, BG, POV and DOF are all amazing. Great quality!
Have a good weekend,

Hi Sumon.
Great picture! Magnificent composition!
Wonderful butterfly with magnificent coloration and details!
Excellent POV and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing this marvel!
José Roberto

Now that I have seen your Sony Cybershot with my own eyes, I am more than convinced that it is but an instrument hnadled by a genius, Sumon.
You have turned the Dark Palm Dart into a thing of matchless beauty through this superb capture. The bokeh BG throws the butterfly and its equally photogenic perch into sharp relief, making this image a true masterpiece.
Hope you had a comfortable journey home.
Best regards,

Ciao Sumon, splendid skipper with fantastic details and excellent sharpness, great focus with lovely blurry BG, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Sumon, a perfect shot of this hesperid butterfly perched on a beautiful flower. I tried to cath some members of this family here and I think that successed:). Great details, sharpness and natural colurs with nice composition my friend.
TFS and have a nice weekend!


Hola Sumon,
Te quedó muy buena la foto, me gusta como pende del tallo y sorbe el néctar de las flores; también son agradables los vibrantes colores, el fondo y el nivel de detalles
Un abrazo

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-06 7:49]

Hello Sumon,
An excellent close closed-wing capture of this species of skipper, the Palm Dart taken with superb sharpness on the delicate white flower against a fine bokeh and in a pleasing composition.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-06 9:11]

Hi Sumon,
Focus, sharpness, lighting, POV, details, composition and colors are very good. TFS
All the best,

Hello Sumon. Really brilliant shot here. The sharpness and details are flawless. The compound eye is very well matted exposing the true sharpness of this skipper. Thanks for sharing and well done. Best regards. Jusni

Hello Sumon,
Very nice and sharp picture of the butterfly. Thanks for sharing.
Sumon, do you have any idea about the plant on which it is sitting? I have some pictures of this plant, but have not been able to identify it.
Regards and best wishes.
- Nirmal

Fantastic colour,sharpness and detail Sumon!
A perfect POV and composition too.
You have so many beautiful butterflies and moths in India.
I'm lucky to find one or two each year here!
But then New Zealand is a very young country geologically.
Perfect image once again.

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

Doesn't seem like you need any more points for this, but it surely is a good picture --wonderful detail and color. Gary

Increíble vista Sumon, con una definición casi perfecta y sabiendo aislar el motivo principal de su entotno. Precisos de talles de todas las partes del cuerpo del insecto.

Wow, great shot.
You captured this skipper so sharp that one can see all its little hairs.
It stands out nicely against the beautiful bg.
Good POV
TFS Tatjana

Hello Sumon,
I keen on to visit your excellent portfolio. Today, I will write for this post. This is very beautiful hesperid species. You captured it with a wonderful macro shot. POV/OOF, sharp details perfect. Plain BG and frame also great. Superb colors and composition with white flower. Thanks so much for sharing. best wishes

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-09-19 4:28]

Hi Sumon,
i am delighted to return to your gallery and see this very wonderful shot....so rich and well saturated with a most pleasing green-brown-white colour combinations.
The details are stunning in this crisp shot that has a fantastic PoV.Very well done.
TFS & Cheers

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