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The Common Castor for Silvio

The Common Castor for Silvio
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Copyright: Goldy RS (goldyrs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 51 N: 2913] (11497)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-10-03 3:14
Viewed: 3076
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I dedicate this shot to our friend Silvio who has taught many of us so much.

The Common Castor

Ariadne merione merione Cramer NYMPHALIDAE

(=Ergolis merione ( Cramer))


The upperside is reddish brown with transverse black wavy lines. Wavy lines broader in the form of distinct bands in female. FW with small, white subapical costal spot and a series of obscure spots within the submarginal markings. Underside often pale and duller in colour, black wavy lines replaced by denser and siffuse brown bands. Subapical white spot prominent in FW. Wingspan 52-62mm.

A very active butterfly but weak on the wing. Flies graefully as if sailing through the air among the castor plants or any dense vegetation. Fond of resting on leaves at the top canopy, keeping the wings slowly moving sideways and always nearer to host plants. Also known as the castor butterfly.


Green. Head dark brown with a pair of straight reddish brown spines and the body with dorsal longitudinal brown stripe and 4 rows of short branched spines in each segment.

Feeds on castor ( main host ), Nettles, etc.


India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-10-03 3:20]

Hi Goldy,

Macro exceptional. Nice gift for Silvio.
Have a nice weekend,

Impresionante especie Golgy. Yo quiero ir a La India :-(((((


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-10-03 3:32]

Hello Goldy,
great close up shot and great dedication to Silvio.
This is a superb composition with natural exposure and colors. Details are very sharp and this specie is a beauty!
Best regards Siggi

Hi Goldy..
Awesome macro! Great details and ice composition!
Great POV..
TFS. Kind regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-10-03 3:41]

Hi Goldy,
wow...beautiful colours and nice presentation.
Nice contrast shown here.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-10-03 3:45]

Hello Goldy,
Strange, but very interesting atmosphere in this photo. The BG is mysterious. The butterfly is very sharp and in beautiful natural colours. Good POV and composition.

Hello Goldy,
a great dedication to our friend Silvio, a superb macro shot of a marvellous butterfly taken from a very good POV with splendid lighting and fine details, very beautiful colours, well composed.
Best regards

Ciao Goldy. Never seen it, I think. Beautiful butterfly in amazing colours tone an good details on wings weft. Geeat dedication to Silvio. TFS.


Hi L'il Bro,

A perfect macro capture of a beauty which is novelty for me too with neat details and fine composition.
Great Dedication! to our friend Silvio!
TFS and have a nice Saturday MF!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-10-03 8:54]

Hi Goldy.Fantastic point of view,composition,sharpness,colors,details....all is perfect!!This is a perfect portrait,a very professional work and a beautiful specie from your country,thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,LUCIANO.

Hello Goldy, perfect close-up shot and nice dedication to Silvio.
TFS and regards,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-10-03 11:51]

Slav Goldy,
A great macro shot of this very beautiful butterfly in excellent sharpness and perfect POV.Nice colors and good details.Very nice dedication for Silvo.TFS.

WOOOW thanks Goldy for this fantastic gift, wonderful butterfly with splendid design on wings, great colors, splendid sharpness and wonderful details, I like a lot, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Goldy,

what a grea shot from you with good pov and details.
fine natural colours.


Hi Goldy bhai,

Beautiful macro capture of the lovely butterfly, and indeed a great dedication to our friend, Silvio!
Great details are shown in your shot. I like the sharpness and POV in the shot. The colors are perfectly natural. Great composition overall!

best regards,

hello Goldy,
very beautiful nymphalid from marvellous nature of India. you nicely captured it with sharp focus, great POV and composition. exposure and colors superb. it is also nice dedication to our friend Silvio. Thanks for sharing this beauty. best wishes brother

Hello Goldy,

An excellent capture with such beautiful coloration, sharpness & details. Very nice POV, pose & BG.

A great gift to our deserving friend...Silvio!

TFS & Best wishes


bonjour Goldy
superbe papillon avec de jolis dessins et de magnifique couleurs
beaucoup de details trs nets et un trs beau POV
j'aime bien aussi le contrast avec le BG
Passe une bonne nuit

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-10-04 18:09]

A super shot Goldy!!
It almost has a 3D look to it. Exceptional detail and gorgeous colors. Love the shape of it's opened wings and the great DOF you managed to achieve!! TFS.

Hi Goldy,

The subject is well framed. The close-up view is showing the details and colors of the Common Castor butterfly. It is clear and precise. The good luminosity is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-10-07 9:54]

Hello Goldy,
A really great capture of this beautiful butterfly that I've only seen in a butterfly house. It really stands out here against the light background and is sooo sharp. Lovely light and colours too. Well done!
TFS and all the best, Ulla

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