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Tawny Coster laying eggs

Tawny Coster laying eggs
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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: 2010-03-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 XR DiII LD Asp, MacroCloseUp +2
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Bayram's Favourites-III [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-08-29 3:00
Viewed: 3500
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This pretty orange butterfly loves to lay its eggs on the leaves of the Passionfruit vine.

The Tawny Coster (Acraea terpsicore) is a small leathery winged butterfly which is common in grassland and scrub habitats. It belongs to the Nymphalidae or brush-footed butterfly family. It has a weak fluttery flight. It is avoided by most insect predators. This species and the Yellow Coster Acraea issoria are the only two Indian representatives of the predominantly African tribe Acraeini.

The butterfly breeds on plants of the family Loganiaceae and species of Passiflora many of which contain toxins that are sequestered by the caterpillars.

In the WS you will see a caterpillar.

Hope you will like. Thank you for viewing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-08-29 3:02]

Hi Hara,this is a great scoop and a very lucky meeting! And the pic is at the top of quality too.Impressive sharpness to see the eggs at the best,and great contrast whit the dark background...as i like!!Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

Namastay Hara ji,

Wow, this is another great nature shot from you. I like how the butterfly is laying eggs on the fresh bud. A phenomenal and incredible capture MF! The blurred dark green background provides good contrast too. Congrats MF!
TFS and have a nice time during my absence!


You have captured this Tawny Coster laying eggs on a leaf, HP. It is a great action shot, indeed.
Superb sharpness, natural colours and an impressive DOF.
Well done and TFS.

Ciao Haraprasan, interesting capture of lovely butterfly in nice action, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hello Haraprasan. super macro shot, great timely. wonderful that we cud see egg laying process. TFS
Best Regards

Hello Haraprasan,
Wonderful image with great details, lovely colours, excellent POV and composition. Well done!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-29 6:00]

Hello Haraprasan,
Beautiful photo of this butetrfly and the caterpillar in the WS. Great contrasting colours, very good sharpness and a marvelous composition. Good POV and DOF.

Hi Haraprasan,
A splendid picture of the Tawny Coster laying eggs taken from you. An excellent POV in a very nice composition, good sharpness and beautiful natural colours.
Anil Purohit

Hello Haraprasan,
Wonderful composition with superb details and very good focus.
Excellent capture. Congratulation!

Hi, Haraprasan,
Excellent capture. Congratulations.
Best regards,

Hello Haraprasan,
This is not only a beautiful shot, perfectly focused and managed, but also an interesting nature wonder. I think thanks to your patient observation you could take this impressive moment. Congratulations! Best regards,

Hello Harprasan, beautiful shot of this butterfly while laying eggs. Nice composition and details.
TFS and regards, Bahadır

Hallo Haraprasan,
a very beautiful capture of the Tawny Coster, outstanding sharpness and very good contrast of colours, excellent POV and nice composition
Best regards

Loved to view the caterpillar. VERY SHARP.
This one "laying" its brood; what a find.
My father once brought a large moth is his felt hat "laying" eggs in it when in Goa. I remember that like it was YESTERDAY. No body had cameras in those days!!!
This imgage has class and has been presented with taste.
Kind regards from M. in COLD COLD Canada.

I hve often wondered what these were and now I know. It is such as nice place to leanr from those who both know and can show well in image!

Hello Haraprasan
what a great capture of beautiful Tawny Coster, when she laying eggs. great sharp details and splendid coloration. light using and exposure great as like POV and blurry BG. Great timing and great work. thanks for sharing this beauty.
best wishes

Its been a long time, HP....
ANd life has changed a lot.
How is everything with you, my friend?
An amazing shot with the 'just perfect' exposure!
Very well done!
PS: thanks for your condolences, my friend.

Hello Haraprasan,
good details and beautiful background for this butterfly. Best regards, Paolo

Hello Haraprasan,

wow, great image from a butterfly laing eggs, i never seen this.
Great pov, dof.
Fine colours.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-08-30 7:02]

Very fine natural history image of this Coster laying eggs which are shown very clearly, good observation and fine find. tfs.

Hi Haraprasan ,
Beautiful butterfly image and perfect timing . tfs

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-08-30 11:56]

Hi Haraprasan.
What a unique scene you managed to picture. It is simply amazing. Quality of the shot is great. Details of the butterfly, twig and leaves with eggs are superb and smooth BG is so wonderful as image of butterfly. Timing is fantastic. Bravo.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-30 15:37]

Hi Haraprasan,

You were in the right place at the right time and took full advantage of the golden opportunity. It's just amazing to see the pretty butterfly laying her eggs on the leaf. A first for me and probably for many others too. Clarity, colors and composition are all excellent.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-31 2:12]

Hello Haraprasan,
Interesting photo with this butterfly laying egs. Nice contrast between the rounded shape of the insect and the shape of the egs. It has been a good moment to do the photo.
Best regards Siggi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-01 8:59]

Namastay Haraprasan,
A fine capture of a feamle Tawny Coster laying eggs on Passiflora. The POV is great and shows both the female and her eggs with excellent sharpness and natural colours. The composition against the dark neutral BG is great.
Thanks for sharing a fine contribution to TN!

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