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Lemon Pansy (Precis lemonias vaisya)

Lemon Pansy (Precis lemonias vaisya)
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Copyright: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/420 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Butterflies of India 2, Butterflies with minimum 50 points & above, Butterfly, I love, Butterflies By pankaj Bajpai, Gems from India [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-07 10:44
Viewed: 5258
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

A small to medium sized brown butterfly with large eyespots on the upper side of both wings. The females are larger and have more prominent eyespots than the males. The under side of both sexes are pale brown with cryptic markings. However, the ground colour varies a great deal, with specimens showing a range of colors from dark brown to pink to peach.

Similar species


Status, distribution and habitat

A widely distributed species that is commonest in the dry zones and ascends to hills to about 1500 feet elevation. It is found in wide open spaces with lots of sunshine and is seen year round.


The male is much more abundant than the female. The Lemon Pansy, like all the members of its group, is territorial. The males often perch at strategic locations to intercept females. From such vantage points, they would frequently take off to inspect potential mates passing by. Its perch is sometimes no more than a small rock jutting out of the ground. Although it is a perching species, it does move into new locations when it finds its current location to be unsuitable. It is quite well camouflaged when it sits still with its wings held above its abdomen, especially against sand coloured backgrounds.

It is a nectar lover and frequently settles to feed on short herbs and shrubs, during which time it displays its upper sides. It has a typical posture that it takes when it spreads its wings. So much so, that most photographs taken of this butterfly look very similar. As evening approaches, they retire to the thickets and spend the night clinging onto a tall grass stem or something similar with their wings folded above the body.

Early stages

The larvae feed on members of the Acanthaceae. The females sometimes lay their eggs indiscriminately on non-larval host plants or dead twigs in the vicinity of of their larval host plants. Sometimes the eggs are laid on very small plants, and the larvae upon exhausting its food source, disperse and locate other plants in the vicinity very quickly. During the day, they lie hidden within the herbaceous plants.

source : Butteflies of srilanka

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bonjour pankaj
bon DOF et bons details.
de belles couleurs et de jolis motifs.
personellement j'aurais pivoté la photo pour avoir la tête du papillon vers le haut.

Hi Pankaj,
This is a beautiful capture of this butterfly!
I like so much the POV and close aproach, you got excellent sharp details.
The colors and patterns on the wings are so beauties, and we can appreciate even their texture.
Veru good DOF also, you got a colorful and soft background.
Congratulations, thanks for share and best regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-07 11:22]

Hello Pankaj,
Great close-up of this Lemon Pansy, sharp details showing the pattern and colours very well.
TFS and regards, Ulla

you have an impressive collection of this lovely butterfly, Pankaj.
This is a truly fascinating capture from a commanding perspective, giving full view of its colourful wings.
The composition with the pink flower is eye-catching and the diagonal placement of the subject within the frame makes your presentation very attractive.

Beautiful picture Pankaj.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-02-07 12:16]

Magnifiques teintes et beau contraste.
Bonne journée.

Original punto de vista, muy hermoso el colorido de esta mariposa, así como la planta.
Estupenda nota informativa.
Saludos, JL.

Hi Pankay, an other splendid butterfly with wonderful colors and great sharpness , very well done, BRAVISSIMO! ciao Silvio

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-02-07 14:09]

Hi Pankaj.
Amazing very close-up.Very nice diagonal composition.Very good focused and exposure.Colors are really splendid and sharp details drawing on wings are beautiful.
Splendid butterfly and your excellent capture.
Well done,thank you for sharing.
Best greetings Milos

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-07 14:58]

Hello Pankaj,
We are beginning to get to know your butterflies well, Pankaj!
This is a fine presentation of the Lemon Pansey with excellent sharpness and detail, well composed and set a aginst a fine BG.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-07 15:47]

Espectacular punto de vista superior Pankaj con gran agudeza mostrando todos los detalles de la mariposa y un bello contraste con la flor por debajo de ella, con excelentes colores y buena iluminación.
Gracias y saludos... Ricardo

Spectacular above point of view Pankaj with great sharpness showing all the details of the butterfly and a beautiful contrast with the flower below her, with excellent colors and good illumination.
Thank you and regards... Ricardo

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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2007-02-07 16:26]

excellente macro aux beaux détails


Hola Pankaj,
Buena toma de excelente nitidez y bella composición. Saludos

Hi Pankaj,
Great macro. Very good exposure, color, POV, DOF, sharpness & detail..A pleasing image :)
Perhaps less space behind the b-fly would be better, but subjective.
Well done & TFS!

encore une parfaite réussite de votre part, bonnes couleurs, bons détails tout est bon
bravoet merci

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-02-07 18:34]

Hola pankaj bajpai, una foto muy bella, bonitos colores los de la mariposa, buen encuadre y presentación. Saludos Sira

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-02-07 18:47]
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Hi Pankaj

A beautiful butterfly captured in a stunning composition and with a very interesting POV. Great macro work shows this specimen in all its glorious beauty while it clearly displays the typical pansy style markings and blotches on the wings.

Excellent colours and pin sharp details ensured that this photo is a pleasure to view. The BG is sufficiently removed to prevent any distraction for whatever items that might be present. The exposure was well controlled thus allowing some very interesting contrasts in the darkish wings and body of the insect.

Very well done and TFS.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-07 20:51]

Hi Pankaj,
Superb capture, all aspects are wonderful, thanks.

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  • Swats Silver Star Critiquer [C: 37 W: 0 N: 3] (151)
  • [2007-02-07 23:43]

Fantastic capture Pankaj! Nice deatils and colours.

Hi Pankaj

What a pretty butterfly. The wing pattern is well shown and the colours are lovely. Very good work. :-)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-08 3:28]

Hi Pankaj

This is another splendid butterfly post from you!
The colors and patterns on this little fellow’s wings are simply outstanding!
I really love all those tones and their reflection very much.
The upper POV is terrific and does well to show all these features and the sharpness is impeccable!
All-in-all a wonderful composition!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Pankaj, nice shot really detailed and colorfull:

Superb fine detail and lovely colours great markings on the wings a very well taken shot. perfect DOF great light/exposure TFS rgds Necip.

Hello Pankaj,
This is a perfect butterfly's picture. Details are very sharp and I like its pose, POV, composition and exposure. This is a great shot! Well done with superb colors and good notes. Thanks,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-08 9:59]

Hi Pankaj.
Amazing captured scene and quality of reproduction of this beauty. Excellent lighting and rich clear colours, great DOF, sharpness and details of the main pictured objects. Superb done and TFS.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-02-08 10:24]

Wonderful!! Just beautiful butterfly! It beats me the not perfect symmetry in the pattern of its wings.
Excellent job.
My compliments and TFS.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-08 14:07]

Hi Pankaj,
Perfect capture by its sharpness, pov, pose, exposure and colours. Butterfly is beautiful!
TFS, José M.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-02-11 2:34]

Hi pankaj,

Great picture of this buttefly.
Great color, background, lightening and position


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-11 4:58]

Hola Pankaj,
magnífica pov. y dello disparo y excelentes colores, agradable trabajo... saludos

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-14 6:08]

Hello Pankaj,
beautiful capture, I love the diagonal composition. POV, details and sharpness are excellent. Very well done.

Hi Pankaj. I liked very much this picture, the DOF is great, the colours and details are very good and the subject shown just beautiful.
Compostion and arrangement is always a question of personal taste, but I dared a WS, hope not to spoil your shot ;)
Best regards, Felipe.

Hi Pankaj,real good close-up and sharpness colours are great

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