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Quaker (Neopithecops zalmora)

Quaker (Neopithecops zalmora)
Photo Information
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: 2010-02-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 XR DiII LD Asp, Raynox DCR-250 Super Macro
Exposure: f/25.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Soft on the eye images [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-08-02 11:30
Viewed: 3347
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Quaker (Neopithecops zalmora) is a small butterfly found in South Asia and Southeast Asia that belongs to the Lycaenids or Blues family.


Wet-season form

Upperside of both sexes dark purplish brown; in the female slightly paler on the disc of the fore wing. In most specimens, but not in all, the male also has the disc of the fore wing similarly paler. Underside; white. Fore wing: apex dusky brown, apices of veins 10, 11 and 12 with a minute black dot; no discal markings, but the discocellulars picked out with a short, very slender, obscure brown line; a postdiscal, irregular, transverse series of slender brown lunules, followed by a transverse, very slender, sinuous brown line, the white ground-colour in the interspaces beyond centred by a subterminal series of transverse black spots.

Hind wing: discocellulars with a short brown line similar to that on the fore wing, followed by a subdorsal small round black spot, and a subcostal much larger similar spot; between these two spots is a curved, very irregular line of detached pale ashy-brown lunules; the subterminal markings very similar to those on the fore wing. Cilia of fore wing dusky brown, of hind wing white. Antenna, head, thorax and abdomen dark brown; the antenna on the inner side speckled with white; beneath; the palpi, thorax and abdomen white.

Dry-season form
Differs from specimens of the wet-season brood as follows:

Upperside: ground-colour not so dark generally. Fore wing: a large oval snow-white spot placed obliquely on the disc. Hind wing: apex and disc irregularly white; on the posterior half the ground-colour a shade darker than on the anterior half.

Underside: ground-colour and markings similar to those of specimens of the wet-season brood, but the markings very much paler and fainter; in specimens taken in the middle of the dry-season in exceptionally dry localities these markings are altogether absent. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen on the upperside paler than in the wet-season brood.

Source - Wikipedia.

I think this species is 1st time on TN. Thank you for viewing.

maurydv, bahadir, Dis. Ac., siggi, jlinaresp, jaycee, anemone, Heaven, anel, Miss_Piggy, cirano, boreocypriensis has marked this note useful
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It is a very lovely little butterfly.
Your capture is as always clear an detailed.
The composition with this strange angle helps a lot this time... it looks like a white heart.
Regards, Felipe.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-02 11:46]

Hello Haraprasan,
Another fantastic photo in beautiful contrasting colours. Excellent sharpness and details in a great composition and taken from an ideal POV.

Hello Haraprasan,
congratulations on this first on TN; a very beautiful picture of the Quaker, outstanding sharpness, marvellous colours with a perfect flash exposure, excellent POV, DOF and BG in a very nice composition.
Best regards

Hello Haraprasan, great close-up shot of this butterfly with wonderful details and composition.
TFS and regards,

Hello Haraprasan,

the little blue ones looks almst the same.
Good pov and dof with fine colours.
Exellent sharpness and details.


Hello Haraprasan,
Excellent photo taken with fine details, great sharpness and beautifull blurred BG. Well done!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-02 12:13]

Hello Haraprasan,
A beautiful shot of this lovely Quaker on the leaf. Colors and clarity are both superb. I love the perfect background and the wonderful composition.Best regards Siggi

Hi Haraprasan,
A little lack of contrast, but a good POV and good details, enougth tho show us the species very well. TFS, Regards, Jess

Ciao Haraprasan, lovely little butterfly, I never see before, thanka, beautiful blurry BG, fine details, excellent sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-08-02 18:17]

Simply beautiful image, I have not seen this species live here, pretty good species. Well captured with simple composition and with out any other element. The whites are properly exposed which is set in deep greens. tfs.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-02 19:28]

Hi Haraprasan,

Congratulations on this first for TN. This is also the first time I am seeing a Quaker. It looks so dainty and delicate with the elegant wing markings. Colors and details are excellent. A lovely pose and just beautiful on the green leaf with the green background.


Hi Hasraprasan. Impressive photo of a beautiful butterfly with nice details, POV and composition.
thanks for sharing
Best regards

Dear Haraprasan

We have written our critiques almost at the same time! I wanted to tell you that I like the plain beauty of the butterfly and the picture very much. The green background and supporting leaf contrast nicely with the delicate and brighter butterfly and the good sharpness reveals fine details.

Kind regards


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-08-03 4:40]

Hello Haraprasan,
excellent capture of this butterfly. Stunning sharpness and exciting view with good colour contrast. Green and white so lively.
Well presented composition.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-08-03 5:05]

Hello Haraprasan,
What a lovely small creature you show us here. Perfect pose on the edge of the leaf and a beautiful green background enhancing even the fine coloration and patterns of the wings. And of course excellent sharpness.
A very charming shot!
Kind regards

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2010-08-03 6:06]

Hi Haraprasan,

Pretty butterfly specimen, a variety unknown here.
Very beautiful capture and excellent detail, sharpness and beautiful colors are a natural.
The details of the wings are brought to light, the B / g is well matched to the composition.
Thank you for sharing, a good day.

Hallo Haraprasan
Everything in this image is just so pleasing to look at and appreciate. From your excellent photographic manner to the Quaker and the beautiful light it is captured in. It is lovely to look at the almost pure and almost fragile white wings, almost like a bridal gown, the hairiness on the body, the fine zebra striped detail on the paws and antenna, and the large eye. All a sheer pleasure and enjoyment. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-08-03 14:18]

Helle Haraprasan,
What a great macro of this very lovely little butterfly with great sharpness,details and wonderful colors.TFS.

Good Morning MF Haraprasan,

A nicely done close-up of this beauty. Good off-center positioning and the rich green color contrasts nicely with the subject. The shadow on posterior of the beauty and the way of the sunlight add a nice fresh feeling.
TFS and have a great day!


A very attractive little butterfly, beautifully captured.
Perfect exposure, sharpness, and beautiful composition.
Cheers & TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-08-05 6:06]

Hello Haraprasan,
A fantastic macro of this lovely butterfly in a nice pose. Excellent sharpness and lovely colours against the dark background. Well composed too. I like the stripy socks!!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Un gran acercamiento. Buena captura del color blanco a pesar de la dificultad que conllevaba.
Excelente trabajo Haraprasan: J. Ignasi.

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