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Blue Glassy Tiger (Ideopsis vulgaris)

Blue Glassy Tiger (Ideopsis vulgaris)
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Copyright: akbar ali asif (AKBAR-ALI-ASIF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 0 N: 478] (2927)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-06-21
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-07-14 3:29
Viewed: 1301
Points: 10
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Another shot from my Malaysian tour, this time a Blue Glossy Tiger Butterfly (Ideopsis vulgaris). This was a fairly common butterfly that could be seen almost everywhere from busy cities to Mangrove forests. I took this shot in a small island close to Langkawi Island. Light was low and i had to adjust my camera's exposure settings a little. Took several shots with different POVs; the one that appeared better to me is presented here. Some details from Wikipedia are as under:

The Blue Glassy Tiger (Ideopsis vulgaris) is a butterfly that belongs to the Crows and Tigers, that is, the Danaid group of the Brush-footed butterflies family.

Ideopsis vulgaris has a wingspan reaching 70–80 millimetres (2.8–3.1 in). This butterfly is quite similar to the Dark Glassy Tiger (Parantica agleoides). A transverse black bar in the forewing cell, cutting through one of the white streaks, distinguishes the Blue Glassy Tiger from the other one. As other milkweed butterfly it is mimicked by Chilasa clytia (Papilionidae).

Upperside: black, the dorsal margin of hind wing broadly cinereous ; both wings with the following subhyaline bluish-white streaks and spots.

Fore wing: a short streak along dorsal margin, two broad streaks united at base in interspace 1, the upper one curved, a broad streak in cell with an outwardly indented detached spot beyond it in apex, a slender costal streak, two large discal spots inwardly pointed, outwardly truncate, three elongate spots beyond apex of cell and four or five elongate preapical spots beyond them, finally a subterminal and a terminal series of spots decreasing in size towards apex of wing.

Hind wing: elongate streaks in interspaces 1 a and 1 b, two in interspace 1, two in cell with a short slender streak-obliquely between their apices, shorter streaks radiating outwards in interspaces 2–6, a sub-terminal series of small spots and a terminal row of dots beyond.

Underside: similar, the markings better defined. Antennae black, palpi black above, bluish white below; head and thorax black, spotted with bluish white; abdomen brown above, sullied white below. Male without any special sex-marks on the wings.
These butterflies occur at the edge of forests or plantations and in the coastal mangrove areas.

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Hello Akbar,
Nice catch,taken from best PoV,excellent sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,
Best regards...Joy

well taken image of the beautiful butterfly. excellent lighting and coloration. tfs.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-07-14 15:15]

Hi Akbar,spectacular specie in a spectacular capture,truly beautiful the wings design of this butterfly,and truly perfect the quality of detail and colors in this classic pose,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2014-07-14 16:12]

Balanced composition and perfect exposure are a good complement to this beautiful Ideopsis vulgaris. Great job, Akbar Ali.

A big hug from Argentina.

Hernán Bortondello

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-07-17 10:17]

Hi Akbar,
Another great image excellent detail and focus and amazing colors with nice composition.
Regards Jiri.

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