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Long Life

Long Life
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Copyright: Alan Cassidy (accassidy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax Optio 550
Exposure: f/4.6, 1/185 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of the other countries of Asia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-09 10:12
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Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sometimes you see an old butterfly and cannot help being impressed at its determination to survive. This is one such insect encountered in Vientiane, Laos last year. Sometimes you wonder how they still fly, but they do.

This is, I think, Ypthima baldus. Perhaps Batu would be kind enough to let me know if I am correct. It seems to be aiding survival by perching on a dead leaf that facilitates its camouflage.

The green grass leaf curving down from the corner is a freak of the composition. I was almost tempted to close it out, but it so neatly shows tha butterfly's arrival path that I left it in.

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Hi Alan,
A nice looking at that well camouflage butterfly. The end of the cycle is near for this one. POV and composition are great.

Hi Alan,
A nice capture of this old five ring. Well camouflaged with the dried leaf. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Alan,
Very touching !
An old withered butterfly on a dry leaf.
- Nirmal

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-01-10 9:52]

Hello Alan,
a very natural picture of a rather worn specimen resting on a dead leaf. That is - that was life.
I agree with you that it is Ypthima baldus.
There are not so many different Ypthima species in Laos.
Best wishes, Peter

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