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Little Yellow Butterfly

Little Yellow Butterfly
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Copyright: mahesh patil (maheshpatil) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 33 N: 227] (1237)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-17 7:54
Viewed: 4388
Points: 16
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Resting on the leaves of a small tree, i found this little yellow a bit strange. This specie is very vibrant and does not settle at one point , it keeps keeps flying here and ther and make you to chase him.
I was a little bit lucky to catch 2-3 shots in single go.........

One of cutest little butterflies that can be seen is the little yellow. It is easy to differentiate from the common yellow butterflies that are seen in Iowa--the clouded sulfur (also called the common sulfur) and the orange sulfur by size. The little yellow is about half the size of the clouded sulfur, and much smaller than the orange sulfur.

This butterfly is doing an interesting behavior called "puddling". Oftentimes on hot summer days, if you can find a mud puddle, you can find butterflies. The butterflies congregate around the edge of the mud puddle, and sip from the mud. You will not find them actually in the water--they are usually a few inches away from the edge, but in the area of dirt that is visibly wet. Some mud puddles will have dozens, even hundreds of butterflies. Often you can find several species.

This is an excellent opportunity for butterfly photography.

To get this shot, I stretched out on the gravel with my elbows in the mud. I had to move slowly to prevent spooking the butterfly. I was able to use my elbows to stabilize the camera, and got three pretty good shots of this butterfly. I did get the front of my shirt muddy.

This year, I got smart and bought some of the commercial knee pads made for gardeners and construction workers. They make a huge difference!

The little yellow butterfly has several larval host plants, including partridge pea. I don't know how they get around the ants.


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Bonjour Mahesh
Très joli ce macro de ce beau papillon, les détails et les contrastes sont réussis très jolis couleurs
et beau BG
Bravo et merci... JP

Hi Mahesh,
This is a very good POV and nice composition of this little butterfly. Details are very good and I like those colors. I know these little ones by having some in my gallery and I know that they are not easy to photograph by always moving :) Well done with good notes. Thanks,

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-10-17 9:29]

Hi Mahesh.
Very nice composition and pleasant colours.Very good POV and DOF,fine details.I like contrast opposite black backgrounds.Well done.
TFS and greetings.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-10-17 11:29]

Hello Mahesh,
This is a fine capture of this Eurema species butterfly. It is sharp with fine BG, but I might have cropped differently to take the butterfly awy from the centre.
Nice shot, anyway.
TFS, regards, Ivan

Hey mahesh
Very nice shot of butterfly,
good colors and composition,


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-10-17 13:16]

Hello Mahesh,
Wonderful sharp shot of this little beautiful yellow butterfly,the kind of which we've seen in Thailand. Excellent focus and colours and I like the composition. (I see we have the same camera!)
TFS, Ulla

Hello Mahesh,
the species you show is:
-- Eurema hecabe
Don't confuse it with the North-American species you describe and cite in your note.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-17 15:35]

Muy bonita macro Mahesh con agradable POV, apropiado DOF y foco y un fondo muy bien logrado, con buen uso de la luz.
Adecuado encuadre también.
No has incluido los valores de la imagen dentro de los datos o nota.
Saludos... Ricardo

Very nice macro Mahesh with pleasant POV, appropriate DOF and focus and a bottom very well achieved, with good use of the light.
suitable framing also.
You don't included the values of the image in the data and notes.
Greetings... Ricardo

Hi Mahesh
Very nice shot of butterfly,
good colors and composition.


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