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Plain Tiger

Plain Tiger
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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: 2011-08-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: sony DSC W110
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-29 23:42
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Points: 20
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Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Danaus

Danaus chrysippus, known as the Plain Tiger or African Monarch, is a common butterfly which is widespread in Asia and Africa. It belongs to the Danainae ("Milkweed butterflies") subfamily of the brush-footed butterfly family, Nymphalidae.
It is believed to be one of the first butterflies to be used in art. A 3500 year old Egyptian fresco in Luxor features the oldest illustration of this species.[1]
The Plain Tiger can be considered the archetypical danaine of India. Accordingly, this species has been studied in greater detail than other members of its subfamily occurring in India.

The Plain Tiger is a medium-sized butterfly with a wingspan of about 7–8 cm. The body is black with many white spots. The wings are tawny the upper side being brighter and richer than the underside. The apical half of the fore wing is black with a white band. The hind wing has 3 black spots around the center. The hind wing has a thin border of black enclosing a series of semicircular white spots.
Background color and extent of white on the forewings varies somewhat across the wide range; see Systematics and taxonomy below.
The male Plain Tiger is smaller than the female, but more brightly colored. In addition, male danaines have a number of secondary sexual characteristics. In the case of the Plain Tiger, these are:
The male has a pouch on the hindwing. This spot is white with a thick black border and bulges slightly. It is a cluster of specialised scent scales used to attract females.
The males possess two brush-like organs which can be pushed out of the tip of the abdomen.


The range of the Plain Tiger extends from Africa and southern Europe, eastwards via Sri Lanka, India, and Myanmar to China and Sulawesi. It is a very common species.

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An absolutely beautiful image of this butterfly and the lovely flower. I love the rich colors. A beautiful composition.

Hallo Vijeesh
It is lovely to look at this butterfly and see the details of both the inner and outerwing from so close by. I like the centralized composition and the close point of view. The sunlight in the image highlights the colours of both the butterfly and the flower to the best. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-08-30 0:41]

Hello Vijeesh,
Very nice photo of this butterfly in beautiful light and colours. The centred composition works well here.

Ciao Vijeesh, lovely butterfly on a beautiful flower, good details, excellent sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Bonjour vijeesh,
Un joli papillon avec de très belles couleurs et une excellente netteté.
Bien vu.

Hi Vijeesh, Very nice capture of this beautiful Butterfly my friend, excellent exposure/white balance control, splendid natural colours, wonderful composition, great effort here Vijeesh and well done,
Best regards,


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-30 8:41]

Magnificent close-up on this fantastic beauty of nature! What a capture,great sharpness and colors and the best pov for the best result.I like it!Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano.

Hallo Vijeesh,

an nice composition from this beautiful butterfly with good pov and sharpness.
fine colors.

Beautiful shot of the butterfly. Good sharpness and detail.
Have a great day, Bill

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-08-31 12:35]

Hello Vijeesh.
Nice monarch shot.Lovely butterfly on a beautiful flower.Good DOF and POV.The colours are well saturated.Very good notes too.TFS.Best regards Siggi

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