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common Baron

common Baron
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Copyright: vijeesh babu (vijeeshbabu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 122] (661)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: sony DSC W110
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-15 3:12
Viewed: 2665
Points: 16
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae

The male is brown with slight traces of olive. The forewing has two transverse short black lines at the base, a black loop across the middle, and another beyond apex of cell, with their centres dark brown, followed by an angulated discal dark brown band bordered outwardly by a series of five white spots; two preapical white spots beyond and a broad, somewhat diffuse, subterminal black band broadening over the apex and angulated inwards in interspace 1. Hind wing shaded with dark brown at base, two crescent-shaped dark brown loop-like marks in cell; a discal series of dark brown, elongate, outwardly acute, inwardly diffuse, somewhat hastate spots, followed by a subterminal series of small spots of the same colour. Underside ochraceous brown. Fore wing on the underside shows five transverse slender black lines across cell; a black spot below median vein; discal and preapical white spots as on the upperside, succeeded by a postdiscal series of somewhat diffuse crescent-shaped black marks, and a broad terminal pale lilac band not reaching the apex, bordered narrowly along the termen with dark brown. Hind wing with four or five slender black loops at base, a posteriorly obsolescent postdiscal series of diffuse black marks and a subterminal series of black dots; the termen near apex touched with pale lilac. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen dark brown, the antennae ochraceous at the tip, the body paler beneath.

The female is similar but of a paler shade. Upperside forewing differs from that of the male in the absence of the dark discal and subterminal bands, and in the series of discal spots being elongate, much larger. The hind wing has the discal series of outwardly pointed black-markings only as traces. Underside similar to that of the male, but the groundcolour more ochraceous, the markings larger, more diffuse.

Race vasanta, Moore is found in Sri Lanka. It resembles the nominate race, but in the male the white spots on the fore wing are entirely absent, above and below ; the discal hand on both fore and hind wing on the upperside is more irregular and not nearly so well-defined ; on the fore wing the interspace between it and the subterminal band and on the hind wing the posterior half suffused with dark green 5 the terminal margin of the fore and anterior half of the hind wing tinged with pink. Underside similar, but both the ground-colour and markings paler; the latter less prominent. Female. Differs prominently on both upper and under sides in the discal row of white spots being more oblique and complete, extending from the costa to near the apex of interspace 2.

Race acontius is found in the Andaman Islands.

The wing expanse is 68-79 mm.

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Ciao Vijeesh, superb macro of fantastic butterfly, splendid natural colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Nice shot, Vijeesh. The focus on the Baron is spot-on. The details on the open wings are immaculate and the pebbly BG goes well with this capture.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-07-15 6:24]

Beautiful species this baron on the gravel, nice image. tfs.

hello Vijeesh
very good sharpness picture with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi Vijeesh,

Fantastic shot of this barron. Very nice POV & great sharpness.
I like the BG. The details are very good. Well done & TFS.

Hallo Vijeesh,
a very beautiful macro shot of the Common Baron, very good sharpness and marvellous colours, excellent point of view and very nice composition with a lovely pose of this wonderful butterfly on the ground
best regards

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2011-07-15 17:58]

That is a beautiful specimen, Vijeesh.
The colors and the patterns are subtle, and make for a lovely butterfly.
I particularly like the hint of purple.
Excellent focus and exposure, and perfect POV.
The colors of the butterfly seem to match those of the pebbles very nicely.
TFS. : )

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-07-30 4:09]

Hello Vijeesh,
Though not the most colourful this butterfly is beautiful with its subtle shades of grey and olive, well taken against while resting with the wings open on the red gravel BG.
A fine capture that deserves attention.
Thanks and best regards,

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