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Copyright: Guru Pawan (gurupawan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 61 N: 442] (1755)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon F80, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, Kodak Gold 200
Exposure: 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): ButterFlysOfIndia, Butterflies of India 1, Gems from India [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-21 12:11
Viewed: 4121
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common Jezebel
Scientific name : Delias eucharis

A beautiful butterfly with a wingspan of 65-85mm. Its underside hind wing is bright yellow with a row of crimson spots along the termen. In the female, the forewing apex is more rounded and the black lines along the veins are much broader. This gives the female a much darker appearance.

The Jezebel flies high up in the canopy and only comes lower down to feed on nectar in flowers. Due to this habit the colors on the underside of the butterfly's wing are very brilliant and the upperside is dull so that birds below it recognise it immediately.

The Jezebel is a distasteful butterfly due to alkaloids present in its body tissue. These alkaloids are consumed and accumulated during the caterpillar stage.
Eggs are laid in batches. About 10 - 20 in number although more is not unheard of. The caterpillars are gregarious in the first few instars. Caterpillars are yellow brown with a black head and have white tubercules from which long white hair arise.

This was a pic taken around 10 in the morning in our friends farm. It was very active and flying from one flower to another so guess work gave me this shot.

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Hi Guru,
As usual,you have come up with an excellent shot.Great POV and colours.

I feel this is your first outstanding shot in terms of a good macro.
Well done and keep shooting well!

Hi Pawan
What colors , i feel unluckly i missed it when you called me shoot this :-(
It was a dream to shoot this beautiful butterfly and still remains a dream:-(

Great shot , the sharpness ,colors Composition are excellent
Goutham R

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  • PerR Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 2 N: 16] (99)
  • [2006-03-21 12:51]

Hi Guru.
Great macro with good colour, light and sharpness. Well done.

Namaste Guru,
it's a wonderful butterfly, I love the pretty yellow and red parts on the wings, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-03-21 13:21]

Hi Guru,
A nice shot, excellent detail and colour, a nice composition and interesting BG. Very nice shot.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-03-21 14:31]

Hello Guru,
Very good macro,
Great colours, good details and composition
Well done.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-03-21 15:58]

Hello Guru , A Very good photo from this butterfly , good compositie colours pov and dof , good job ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-03-21 17:09]

Very beautiful butterfly Guru!
Wonderful colours and shapes it has!
Very good on details!
Very good POV and DOF!

Bonjour Guru
Une merveilleuse photo que ce Joli papillon,Très belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons.Très beau BG
Bravo et merci...JP

hi guru,
the picture is awesome covering all the details of the butterfly.keep up the good work

Namaskara Gurooooo,

Chennagi thegadbittidhira...?
Good colors is first point. The composition is good, But, some how the background disturbance is tooo much. Don't you feel?
DOF is great. Nice picture.

Hi Guru

What a beauty! Lovely saturation of colour.
Well composed. Excellent POV with clear sharp details. Nice work. :-)

Very nice moive, nice coloures and good seeing details.

WOW guru,

U have caught my colours in this one, U really have taken this butterfly well. Great photoraphers great photo this is.



Here are my 2 Cents :)

You have already received excellent feed-back from others, here are some tips to improve, hope it will be of some help.

* The picture is slightly overexposed (scanning problem ?), You may want to restore the colors near the head of the butterfly by digging into RAW

* The bright sports could be avoided by the use of a polariser (might saturate the bufferfly's colors too)

* You may want to use the long end of the lens so that the lens only "sees" a portion of the backgroud thus making it uniform. A wide angle will include too much of a background.

BTW, i love the colors and the backlight.. stunning :)

Hope this helps
Good luck

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-04-14 16:37]

Very powerful photo with great capture and colors! Really nice butterflies you have there!

Hi Guru

This is a lovely photo.
It reminds me of a beautiful stained glass window.
Mother nature is the greatest of all artists.
Thank you.



I've seen these butterflies countless times. They are
simply BEAUTIFUL. I'm from India too.
Yes, you are right, they are distasteful.???. Dont ask me how I know this. Your NOTES are of an EXCELLENT nature.
The composition, the focus, the balance, the cropping
are just right. VERY SHARP. GREAT JOB.
Best regards,

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