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The Common Emigrant

The Common Emigrant
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Copyright: Pearl Rynjah (Pearl) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-18 0:51
Viewed: 2366
Points: 6
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Hello Friends,

Am posting today after Easter. Caught up with work. Nice to be back and see wonderful pictures over the week..
I was shooting a damselfly when this Emigrant came to rest beside me...I was taking few shots and before i could adjust the aperture n otherr settings it flew away as if to say i gave you a chance :-) Not a perfect picture but i like it..

The Common Emigrant or Lemon Emigrant (Catopsilia pomona) is a medium sized pierid butterfly found in Asia and parts of Australia. The species gets its name from its habit of migration.

Very interesting details got here from the backlight. The early morning sunlight was strong and I could manage to chose a darker BG to get this effect. Lo and behold I see a different species and the backlighting has highlighted a few details I normally would never have seen with its wings folded. As this is a female I have chosen to give description of only a female.

Upperside: ground-colour varies as in the male, but sometimes it is chalky white at the bases of the wings, with the terminal margins more or less broadly sulphur-yellow. Fore wings always with a round, occasionally quadrate, black discocellular spot variable in size; in some specimens the costa is black only towards the apex of the wing, in others broadly black throughout and opposite the apex of cell so widened out as to touch the discocellular spot. In lightly-marked specimens ill addition to the discocellular spot, there is only an irregular terminal black band dentate inwardly and widest at the apex of the wing; in others there is in addition a more or less diffuse highly-curved macular postdiscal band that extends from the costa obliquely outwards down to vein 7, where it often touches the terminal black band, and thence is continued downward and slightly inclined inwards to interspace 1, getting gradually paler and fainter posteriorly. Hind wing: a series of terminal inter-spacial black spots that vary in size, and in the dark forms coalesce into a terminal black band. Underside: varies from white with a light yellowish sometimes ochraeeous tinge to deep chrome-yellow; markings as in the male but still more variable; in var. catilla the spot at the apex of the cell in both fore and hind wings is enlarged into a large reddish blotch, the similar spot on tho hind wing is sometimes so enlarged as to occupy the apex of the cell, the basal two-thirds of interspaces 4, 5 and 6, and the middle third of interspace 7; in some specimens it is continued posteriorly in a series of obscure lunules to interspace 1a. Antennae red, obscurely dotted with black, palpi and head above red, thorax clothed with long yellow, sometimes greenish hairs, abdomen pale yellow; beneath: palpi and thorax pale to dark yellow, abdomen white.

Scientific classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Genus: Catopsilia
Species: C. pomona

Thanks for the visit and comments..

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-04-18 2:14]

Hi Pearl,you were brave to try a pic in this terrible position and the result is very very good,excellent details despite the difficult light of a cloudy day and a nice gift to the butterflies fans like me.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-04-18 8:53]

Hi Pearl.
What an unusual and fine butterfly image. Pose of the insect as well as your POV are really special and attractive. Leaves create a nice surroundings for small beauty. My kind regards and best wishes.

Ciao Pearl, a very difficult POV, lovely composition with nice butterfly in the leaves, splendid light, wonderful natural colors and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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