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Butterfly #57 (M. francisca)

Butterfly #57 (M. francisca)
Photo Information
Copyright: jitti coowanitwong (jcoowanitwong) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1679 W: 0 N: 3120] (13754)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon s3 is, ZUIKO DIGITAL 70-300mm 1:4-5.6
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Satyrinae - Worldwide - 2 -, Butterflies from Thailand #2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-01 7:14
Viewed: 4489
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Many thanks to Alan Cassidy (acassidy) and Peter Roos (batu) in helping to ID this butterfly. I settled, for the time being, this butterfly as M. francisca (Lilacine Bushbrown). This should be dry season form as it is a dry season here right now.

ISO 400
Time 15:48

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked) Rhopalocera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Nymphalidae (วงศ์ผีเสื้อขาหน้าพู่)
Subfamily: Satyrinae (วงศ์ย่อยผีเสื้อสีตาล)
Genus: Mycalesis (Bushbrown สกุลผีเสื้อตาลพุ่ม)
Species: M. francisca
Common Name: Lilacine Bushbrown (ผีเสื้อตาลพุ่มเหลือบม่วง)

The Satyrinae is the biggest subfamily in the Nymphalidae. It includes around 2600 species of worldwide distribution.

The Satyrinae is a very successful group of butterflies, they inhabit all continents, remote islands, tropical forests, cold places in high latitudes and even live in high elevation habitats in mountain chains. Most of Satyrinae feed on monocotyledoneous plants, mainly from the family of grasses, Poaceae, although interesting enough, some species in the genus Euptychia depart from this rule by feeding on lower plants like Selaginella (fam. Selaginellaceae), even some Euptychia species go as far as feeding on mosses (division Bryophyta) as larvae. No other group of butterfly has ever been found to feed on such lower plants.

Mycalesis is a widespread east Asian genus, ranging from India to Australia. Many species exhibit seasonal polyphenism, with very different-looking wet and dry season forms. This has made the taxonomy of the group tricky, with many synonymies.

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To batu: M. franciscajcoowanitwong 1 02-01 19:48
To accassidy: M. franciscanjcoowanitwong 1 02-01 19:43
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-01 7:26]

Hello Jitti,
We are neighbours today!
Nice capture of this Satyrid, totally unknown to me. It looks like a species that keeps to the shade, where you took this. This is nice and sharp and stands out well against the dark BG in a fine composition.
Thanks for sharing this one and enjoy your weekend,

Hello Jitti,

This is a beautiful butterfly captured in clear background. The details is very well seen and again almost a camouflage as the previous post.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-01 8:00]

Hi Jitti.
Very nice a bit back POV and pictured scene. Beautiful butterfly on a dry stem which has similar color as butterfly is looked perfectly. BG, its coloration and smoothness is great too. My compliments.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-01 8:21]

Hi Jitti,

A beautiful picture with wonderful colors that match each other and blend so well with the background. I have never seen a Mycalesis and it is lovely with wonderful markings.


hello jitti
fine captaur of this Satyrinae butterfly, liked the composition and the pov, the bg looks like painted one,
tfs & regards

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-01 8:58]

Hi Jitti

Excellent pose with wonderful detail. Good isolation from BG and great composition.


Hello Jitti,
Looking at my Butterflies in Thailand Volume 6, I am thinking this is either Mycalesis feancisca or M. adamsoni. Pictures can be misleading with these species as they do vary between wet and dry seasons, as you mention, although distribution details for these are probably incomplete so I may be well wrong. Anyway, you have captured a fine picture with a wealth of detail and a cool BG. Thanks.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-02-01 9:49]
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Hello Jitti,
before I started to comment your picture, I first studied the previous notes. So, I can make the story short,
because Alan (acassidy) already explained my thoughts concerning identification.
The species is shown well-focused and the detail-rich wing pattern is well reproduced.
I will include the picture in the Theme on Satyrinae, immediately.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Jitti,
Tone of colors, composition and details are excellent. This is unusual specie to me; I like the texture of its wings :)! Well seen and TFS,

Hello Jitti,
You did a fine job of shooting and composing this image. The butterfly is sharply focused, great POV, and the colorful BG makes an interesting contrast. Well done, TFS

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-02-01 22:22]

Hello Jitti,
it's late and I only have time to mark your photo
Congratulations and well done..


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-02 4:15]

Hello Jitti,
Excellent capture of this butterfly in a fine pose. Sharp details and I like the soft colours and the beautiful matching background. Well done!
Many thanks, Ulla

Remarkable shot, JC.
Very sharp and clear details.
The POV is perfect.

Hello Jitti,

No time, just marking today.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-02 13:27]

hello Jitti

A beautiful butterfly showing excellent detail.
The markings and pattern shows well,very well focused.
The composition is well done,with the butterfly well placed in the frame.
Very good POV and DOF.
The OOF BG is very lovely.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-03 8:53]

Hi Jitti,
I will be back.

Amazing capture of this animal. Excellent sharpness on this colourful picture.
Best wishes,

Hello JC,
Good point of view and splendid details!
The composition is very effective in displaying the insect well...
Good texture in the wings, sharp fine details and the spatial feeling is great!
Pablo -

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-02-15 21:24]

Hi Jitti

A lovely capture of this little ผีเสื้อตาลพุ่มเหลือบม่วง or #57. An excellent DOF that covered the zone of the butterfly very adequately and rendered the BG well OOF. The colours are very natural and the details are well defined.

Well done and TFS.

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