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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: 2009-09-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-10-13 8:37
Viewed: 5019
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today I present this beautiful butterfly, The Indian Sunbeam. This is an elusive butterfly and I had to toil hard that day to get a dent shot. However the cloudy conditions helped me get the details on its wings better. Shot taken hand-held on the outskirts of Nandankanan Zoological Park, Bhubaneswar. Hope everyone like it.

The Indian Sunbeam, Curetis thetis, is a species of lycaenid or blue butterfly found in Asia.

Upperside dark cupreous red, glossy and shining. Fore wing: base irrorated with dusky scales; costa edged with a narrow, inwardly jagged, jet-black band that broadens to the apex, thence continued along the termen, decreasing in width to the tornus; opposite the apex the inner edge of the black is acutely angulate. Hind wing: base and dorsum broadly but slightly irrorated with dusky scales; costa narrowly, dorsal margin more broadly pale; termen very narrowly and evenly margined with black.
Underside: shining silvery white. Fore and hind wings crossed transversely by discal and inner subterminal, somewhat lunular dark lines and a more or less obsolescent outer sub-terminal line of minute dark dots. These markings generally very indistinct but traceable; in some specimens more clearly defined but never prominent. Antennae, bead, thorax and abdomen dusky black; the antennae reddish at apex; in some specimens the head, the thorax laterally and the base of the abdomen brownish mouse-colour; beneath : the palpi, thorax and the basal half of the abdomen medially silvery white, the sides and apex of the abdomen dusky black.

The butterfly occurs in Peninsular India, south of the Himalayas, but not in the desert tracts or in areas with a scanty rainfall; parts of Assam; Saurashtra; Bengal, Sylhet onto Myanmar. It is also found in the Nicobar islands. It is also found in Sri Lanka, Java, Philippines, North Sulawesi and Selajar.

Scientific classification :
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Curetinae
Genus: Curetis
Species: C. theti

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-10-13 8:43]

Hello Sumon,
What a beauty, the butterfly and the photo. The sharpness and details in the butterfly are superb. Very beautiful clear and contrasting colours against the dark OOF BG. Good POV, DOF and diagonal composition.
TFS and regards,

hello Sumon
exceptional the chromatic opposition with the background, very good their management,great macro photo!

Never seen this beauty, dada.Simply love the simplicity and detail of this shot!
Its wonderful to see at it again, Sumon da!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-10-13 9:11]

Hello Sumon,
Great photo in excellent sharp details and very beautiful light and colours.Very good POV, composition and OOF BG.
Best regards Siggi

Lovely butterfly capture!
Great colors and light.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-10-13 11:56]

Hi Sumon. A good side POV of the INDIAN SUNBEAM . Taken with fine detail and natural looking colours. The butterfly stands out so well from the darker BG. All with interesting notes .Well taken TFS.

Hello Sumon,
what a superb picture of the Indian Sunbeam taken from an excellent POV, very good sharpness and splendid natural colours, very pleasing diagonal composition with a very good contrast of colours.
Best regards

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-10-13 12:46]

Hello Sumon,
you show a well focused and sharp macro of this red coloured Lycaenidae.
I know it also from South-East Sulawesi.
best wishes, Peter

What a coloration to its lower wings, Sumon! I wonder how they would look when fully open.
The image, as usual from your expert hands, is full of rich details and sharp like a needle.
Well done and TFS.

hello Sumon

an excellent photo of a beautifully colored with soft colour tones butterfly,
shot with fine POV and framing, fine focus excellent sharpness and details,



Sunbeam is one butterfly which i would love to shoot and its a pleasure to watch its colors when they open their wings, you have done exceptionally well to get a beautiful well exposed and a detail shot

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-14 7:31]

Hello Sumon,
An excellent shot of this Lycaenid butterfly with camera settings that make the best use of the lighting to achieve fine sharpness, DOF, exposure and contrasting dark BG. An excellent composition too.
Must be new for TN!
Thanks and all the best,

Hello Sumon,

a good pov on this butterfly.
Exellent details with fine natural colours.


Namastay Bhaijaan Sumon,

What a deicate and dainty beautifuly coloured b-fly which i saw firstly thanks to you. Excellent macro from nice POV with perfect foscus, nice colours and fine composition.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-10-14 13:33]

Hola Sumon,
buena macro y color,
textura y detalles hermosos,
saludos amigo

I see just a hint of blue cast from my screen...looking a bit on the white side...but blue never the less. I see you have not lost your form Sumon.....welcome home!

Hello Sumon
another great shot from you, i like the white butterfly against the dark green BG, with superb contrast,
wonderful sharp details on this Indian Sunbeam and the grass twig where he is posing, superb composition and POV
Have a good night

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-10-15 6:38]

Hi Sumon,
very lovely colour such against the dense green background.
The cripy creamy wings is indeed very exciting and captivating.
well presented shot in excellent sharpness.


Nice immage and great colour of this butterfly.Best regards.Alin.

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2009-10-16 19:54]

Hi Sumon
Very detailed capture standing out beautifully against the dark BG...TFS

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