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Junonia iphita (US)

Junonia iphita (US)
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix E5600
Exposure: f/5.9, 1/130 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-24 8:33
Viewed: 3300
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Chocolate Pansy or Chocolate Soldier (Junonia iphita) is a butterfly found in Asia.

It is about 5-6 cm in wingspan and the female can be told apart from the male by white markings on the oblique line on the underside of the hind wing. The wavy lines on the underside of the wings vary from wet to dry season forms.

Individuals maintain a territory and are usually found close to the ground level and often bask in the sun.

Underside brown, with very broad darker brown transverse fasciae, the interspaces between the markings irrorated with purplish silvery scales. Fore wing with two sinuous fasciae on basal half succeeded by a discal fascia, very broad at the costal margin and decreasing in width to the dorsum, bearing on its outer border a row of obscure ocelli. This is succeeded by a zigzag dark line, and sinuous subterminal and terminal lines ; apex and tornal area suffused with purplish silvery. Hind wing : two irregular, very broad, dark brown, curved short fasciae near base ; a straight, transverse, prominent, narrow ochreous-brown discal band defined outwardly by a black line ; a transverse postdiscal dark brown fascia, widest in the middle and bearing outwardly a curved row of ochreous-brown white-centred ocelli, followed by a zigzag dark line in continuation of the one on the fore wing; a subterminal somewhat diffuse dark fascia and a terminal dark line. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen dark brown.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Genus: Junonia
Species: iphita

Source : Wikipedia

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-24 8:36]

Hello Haraprasan
Wonderful capture with great details and beautiful colors.

Hi Harprasan
In 5 point scale:

composition: 5 (looks good with butterfly on the left side)
sharpness: 5
background: 3,5 (blured but little bit disturbing)
colors: 5 natural

I like it very much

Ciao Haraprasan, splendid composition with fantastic butterfly and beautiful flowerwith fine details and splendid sharpness, wonderful bright colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-24 8:53]

Hi Haraprasan,
Magnificent close up.Details are amazing.I liked POV,natural colors,exposure and composition a lot.
Thanks for posting.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-02-24 9:00]

HP Bhai, Superb just superb. Simply amazing shot. Well done Ganesh

Hi Haraprasan,
this butterfly is wonderful, it has such a pretty glance.
I also like the pose drinking on this sunny flower. Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Haraprasan!

Hmm, this piece of chocolate looks so temptating...


Indeed, the name suits that magnificent butterfly at best. And you have taken full advantage of its beauty and its extravagant appearance. Moreover, the picture is technically perfect, and I would like to highlight the great sharpness that reveals fine details.

Kind regards


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-24 10:29]

Hi Haraprasan,

A fantastic capture of this Chocolate Pansy on the pretty yellow flower. The browns are wonderful and the butterfly is razor sharp. I love the shape and the position. Beautiful setting and composition.


hello Haraprasan
super picture
good details
beautiful camouflage butterfly
great shot
greeting lou

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-02-24 11:02]

Hello Haraprasan,

The image of your photo is excelent. The butterfly is shown very sharp as you have focused well and used a suitable DOF. Very nice light reflexions have been captured on the wings. Excelent details of the insect can be observed.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-24 11:21]

Hello Haraprsan,
A great macro of the U/S of a Chocolate Pansy, and aspect rarely seen on TN as we usually see them with the wings open. Excellent sharpness, lighting and composition against an OOF natural BG.
Thanks for sharing and all the best,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-24 11:37]

Hi Haraprasan . This looks such a large size for a butterfly . Your side POV lets us view the wings and all of the markings. which you have taken with fine detai land rich colours. well done TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-24 11:55]

Hello Haraprasan,
Beautiful photo of this special butterfly. Great sharpness and details. Splendid natural colours. Excellent POV and composition.

A beautiful, feeding "chocolate" taken under some side lighting to display the wing venation perfectly Haraprasan, the exposure and focus are right onv the spot my friend, TFS it and cheers,

Namastay Hara,
A wonderful capture of this Chocolate Pansy.
Good exposure,with good colour and details.
Nice composition too.
Cheers & TFS

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-02-24 16:26]

Hi Hara,your butterflies are always a great spectacle,this is at the top of photographic quality,i haven't words to comment a beautiful work like that,just my great compliments another time!!! Have a nice day,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-02-24 18:53]

Hello Haraprasan,
Every time I think I'm starting to take some fairly decent photos, I run into a gallery such as yours. I then realize I have a lot to learn, your images are extraordinary!!
Their detail and colors are amazing!! This one is just another example of a long line of outstanding shots taken by you!!

I always like to see your take on a certain insect and this one is an unusual one which I am coming to know much more from you superior photos...My congratulations! HP!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-02-24 19:36]

hi prasan,
good to see the underside wings of this one, wish the background bit more diffused than this as its is bit confusing. tfs.

hello haraprasan,
i am glad to see you posting regularly, atleast there is someone from India who is poting regularly, I, Mr. Ram Thakur, Sumon, Ganeshan are hardly seen here, this is a fine capture of Junonia iphita , the details on the wings look great, well composed shot with fine pov,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-02-24 22:31]

Genial captura amigo,
pov. y color magníficos.
buen foco,
saludos Hara.

Hello Haraprasan,
A very good close-up shot with excellent sharpness and details.
I like the DOF too, the whole main subject is in good focus and
it stand out well forn the BG.
Well done.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-03-02 20:17]

Hi Haraprasan,
Outstanding shot of this Chocolate Pansy in a classic pose. Very impressive sharpness and natural colours and I like the sheen on its under wings. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

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