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Lexias pardalis - Enjoying Banana Juice

Lexias pardalis - Enjoying Banana Juice
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/13 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Malaysia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-24 5:21
Viewed: 2898
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lexias pardalis - Thanks to Ivan Kruys for ID

The Archdukes are a genus (Lexias) of tropical forest-dwelling butterflies that are common throughout Southeast Asia and Australasia. Members of the brush-footed butterfly family Nymphalidae, the genus is represented by about 17 species. Two very similar and coexisting genera are Tanaecia (the Viscounts and Earls) and Euthalia (the Barons and Counts), the latter previously including some Lexias species. The largest species reach a wingspan of ca. 10 cm.

L. pardalis and L. dirtea are also among the most colourful Archdukes. Sexual dichromatism is however extreme, with the two sexes appearing entirely different. The males' dorsal wing surfaces are a dramatic combination of velvety black forewings and metallic blue-green to violet covering the margins of the forewings and hindwings. The females' dorsal wing surfaces are a drab brown, with small yellowish white spots. Both sexes have drab ventral wings, presumably as a means of camouflage. The dramatic colours of the males are thought to play a role in intraspecies communication, both by signalling to other males when defending territory, and by attracting females.

Lexias pardalis and Lexias dirtea, two commonly farmed species, are nearly identical and often confused, but they can be distinguished by their differing antennae: the dorsal surface of L. pardalis' antennae tips are yellow-orange, whereas they are black in L. dirtea.

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Hi Foozi,
Nice macro of beautiful butterfly. No idea about it's ID. It has nice colors. Good sharp image. TFS - Regards - Adil.

Can't help you with the ID, but it is a remarkable capture of this fairly large butterfly, Foozi. The banana gives us the scale for its size.
Perfect details and colours on the open wings.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-05-24 6:44]

Hello Foozi,
Different and beautiful butterfly.Good sharp,nice composition.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-24 6:51]

Hello Foozi
Excellent details and wonderful colors.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-05-24 7:38]

Salam Foozi,
A different kind ... "to me"
Very good macro,
Great colours, good details and composition.
Best wishes,

I love the details and how it seems to shimmer in the light, bringing even more attention to this wonderful capture. I don't see images like this often, and it caught my attention immediately.

Over all, I give you a ten, but am stuck with only offering two...

Hello Foozi,

Great capture of this beautiful butterfly.
Colours,sharpness and definition are splendid.
Lighting and composition are fantastic.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-24 10:04]

Hello Foozi,
I have seen this species in Singapore and photographed it with my film camera before digitals came on the scene.
This is a female Lexias pardalis taken from an interesting rear POV with excellent sharpness and DOF. Nice ly composed feeding on the banana againat a fine neutral BG and accompanied by some ants.
Nice shot and thanks for sharing it,
Best regards, Ivan

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-24 11:14]

Hi Foozi.
What an amazing species you have pictured. I like impressive back POV, posture of the butterfly is great and surrounding objects are amazing too. Top quality and perfectly looking picture. My kind regards and compliments.

Hello Foozi,
a wonderful picture of this butterfly taken with super sharpness and fantastic colours well saturated, i like the diagonal composition.
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-24 12:05]

Hello Foozi,
A nice capture of this beautiful butterfly. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Best regards Siggi

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2009-05-24 23:40]

Hello Foozi,

This is an excellent shot of this beautiful butterfly Foozi. The composition is very nice, original and an effective POV. The sharpness, focusing, details and colors are splendid. The details on the butterfly is absolutely amazing with a good DOF. A nice view of the red ants besides the butterfly and a good OOF BG which adds a good effect or look on the entire image. Well done my friend. TFS.


hello Foozi
very fine POV and beautiful composition with detail of coexistence,
different glance very fine photo

Hi Foozi,
A beautiful looking species with a few bonus ants too.
I never noticed that the camera you have been using was the Canon Powershot SX1 IS
I have just bought the same camera today!
It will be interesting to see how good my fungi shots and landscapes will look now.
Cheers & TFS

Hi MF Foozi,
A stunningly perfect macro capture of a b-fly beauty from an unusual but fine POV with neat details and excellent lit.
TFS and greetings from Kizkalesi (Mersin province)


Hello Foozi
a very good image of this butterfly taken with great POV
beautiful details on the wings and body, i like his pose on a banana
a fine composition
Have a good night

salam akhi Foozi
what a beautiful butterfly and its great macro shot. this is also very nice for ants on banana. sharp details, composition and colors very nice. thanks for sharing,
best wishes my friend

Ciao Foozi, I missed this elegant butterfly with lovely colors, fantastic details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-05-31 6:45]

Hi Foozi,
Wonderful species and you have captured it so beautifully here. Great colours and details. Excellent light, POV and DOF. Kudos.

Hi Foozi,
This is perfect MF. Everything from pose to composition, through sharpness and colors is magnificent. One of Your best captures - but to say the least a photo to be proud of. Bravo.
Friendly regards, László

Hi Foozi,

The close point of view is allowing us to see the details and colors of the Lexia pardalis butterfly on the banana. The picture is clear and sharp. The light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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