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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: 2008-05-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's favorites III, My favourite naturescapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-13 5:05
Viewed: 4298
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear friends, I am back after a long time. A bit of year ending work pressure and a bit of winter travelling (photographing ventures) put me off TN but I missed you all. Also I was fortunate to have participated in the Tiger Census Programme conducted by the Simlipal Tiger Reserve recently and it indeed was a lifetime experience. Anyway.....hope to be around now and keep uploading.

Today I present this beautiful butterfly - the Peacock Pansy. But this is an old photo from my archives. Shot taken hand held in morning light. Hope everyone like it.

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

A small to medium sized orange butterfly with large eyespots on the upper side of hind wings, and smaller ones on the forewing. The sexes are similar in colour and pattern. The females is usually larger. The short wavy black bands that emanate from the costal margins are distinctive. The under side is variable. Some specimens have very small markings against a light ground colour, while others have more prominent eyes and richer colors.

A widely distributed species but is scarce at elevations above 3000 feet. This is an edge species and can be seen around rice fields more frequently than at any other location. It may be seen almost year round though its numbers peak only during the monsoons.

Its habits are very similar to the Chocolate Soldier or Lemon Pansy and it joins migratory flights. The large eyes are displayed suddenly when the butterfly opens its wings - this unexpected visual signal presumably confuses the predator and takes it by surprise. The larvae feed on plants of the Acanthaceae.

Scientific classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Genus: Junonia
Species: J. almana

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-13 5:15]

Hello Sumon,
this is a very good close up of this beautiful loking buttefly which you have captured with sharp focusig and fine detil good natural colours. and a nice POV. DOF. well done tFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-13 5:17]

Hello Sumon,
This is a superb and very sharp capture of this gorgeous butterfly! I love its colours and the beautiful eye markings on the wings. Good focus on the eye and I like its pose on the flower. Well composed too and a very pleasant green background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-13 5:24]

Hello Sumon,
A very fine closed-wing, almost frame-filling capture of a Peacock Pansy taken from a perfect POV. The sharpness details are exquisite and the lighting just right to show this up so well against the OOF natural BG.
Delightful Sumon and thanks for sharing it!

hi sumon, very nicely composed picture ! I like the natural colors and the sharpness is just excellent. good composition, too. tfs. catia

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-01-13 5:57]

Hi Sumon,
Beautiful pansy on this tiny flower, well captured with lot of details on its underwings and I wish some more space could have used to show the greens. tfs.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-01-13 7:14]

Hi Sumon,simply fantastic!! All is perfect,just my best compliments!!Have a nice day,Luciano

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-01-13 7:44]

Hello Mana,
Very nice shot.
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-13 8:09]

Hello Sumon,
What a beauty you show us here. And what a fantastic shot! I like the composition a lot, the background is lovely and the pose of the butterfly great. Bravo for this fine and light picture.
Thanks so much

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-13 8:28]

Hi Sumon.
I am very glad to see your next fantastic close-up. Simply terrific scene. Butterfly and small flower as well as BG are beautiful in highest range. Details and sharpness are unbelievable. Lighting is the best and colours are fine and the most delicate which I can imagine. My congratulations and TFS. Bravo.

Hello Sumon,
Nice catch of butterfly. Good sharpness & light gives lot of details. TFS - Regards - Adil.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-13 9:00]

Hello Sumon,
Wonderful close-up. This is really perfect in all aspects. Splendid photo. Nothing to improve. High quality.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-13 9:03]

Hi Sumon,
Magnificent close up.Exposure is spot on,details are crisp clear.Very well caught and composed.
Thanks for posting.

Your images never cease to amaze me Sumon :)
This is an excellent work with fine details - Technically very well done.
I like it a lot, thanks for sharing this beautiful image..

beautiful close-up , perfect light and details , amazing colours and good DOF ,
great composition!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-13 9:41]

Hi Sumon,

It's been a while since we've seen one of your beautiful butterflies. This is exquisite. You captured the Peacock Pansy in a wonderful pose on the interesting flower. Colors, textures and details are magnificent. This macro shows off the shape, the shadings and the beautiful markings perfectly. Another superb composition. I'm so glad you are back with us.


Hi Sumon,
that's fantastic - so sharp, so pretty light and colours. It's amazing to see such a beauty in free nature - not in a butterfly house.
Beautiful, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Sumon Da,
Welcome back after the Tiger Census trip to Simlipal. Hope you and Satya babu enjoyed a lot. A nice capture from your archives. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Another worthy butterfly presentation from your extensive collection. Very, very well done.

In butterfly photography two underrepresented areas are profiles and shots from the underside of a perched butterfly. This is an very fine profile taken from a low perspective.

As always you have impeccable DOF and the sharpness and the overall technical quality of this image is exceptional.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-01-13 11:13]

Hola Sumon.
excelente macro y bello colores,
magnífico realismo y pov,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-13 11:49]

Hi Sumon. This is a first class close up of this beautiful butterfly . which you have taken with Sharp focusing and fine detail. and such natural colours. I like the blur in the BG. well done TFS. Good notes too.

Ha...Sumon is back:-)
...with an excellent photo.
Superb image!
Very good natural colors. Square aspect ratio and compo are also well done.
Thanks for sharing...

Perfect indeed in every known fine point of elegant photography Sumon, thank you my friend for sharing this beautiful tableau with us.

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2009-01-13 17:48]

Hi Sumon
Lovely composition with fine intricate detail and very nice color,texture in the butterfly wings.
tfs jon

hello sumon,
welcome back, seems like both of us wer not here for quite sometime, i have posated only 3 shots in a month, i am happy to see you back and your butterflies, i liked the lower pov and the details captured, the butterfly looks lovely from this perspective,
well done,
tfs & regards

I appreciate your choice of a different point of view since most of us are enamoured by the flashy yellow of this butterfly's upper wings with those eye-spots on them, Sumon.
This side of the wings has its own kind of beauty which you have captured very well in this sharp picture.
It must be a great experience to be involved in the Tiger Census Programme.
So welcome back and hope to see you on regular basis.

Hello Sumon,
This is a very nice capture of this beautiful Peacock Pansy.
Good composition and wonderful detail and colours.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-01-13 23:23]

Hi Sumon!

I'm glad you are back and especially glad that you survived your tiger experience... I also would like to take the opportunity to wish you all the best for the new year. A bit late, but straight from my heart.

You are right, this butterfly is a beauty. You have put it so well on stage. The great sharpness added to a fine depth of view create a magnificent impact. The perspective obtained by the subtle diagonal composition is superb.

Kind regards


Ciao Sumon,
splendida macro di questo bellissimo Ninfalide, catturato con una straordinaria definizione e con impressionanti dettagli dei meravigliosi disegni delle ali, eccellenti POV e composizione, magnifici i colori.

Sumon harika bir portfolyon var.Hepsini çok beğendim,ellerine sağlık :)

Hi Sumon,

Bold & beautiful,lot of details, nicely perched too, wish you could compose it with more space, I would personally love it.TFS.

Hi My dear friend Sumon, superb macro of this beautiful peacock pansy in a fine composition from a nice POV with great details and sharpness.
TFS. Have a nice weekend my dear friend!


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-17 13:04]

A faultless shot of this Peacock Pansy.
Really good detail in the wing.
Superb DOF.
Excellent light.

Very well done,

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