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Common Crow

Common Crow
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Copyright: Colin McQueen (McQueenca) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 11 N: 226] (1387)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-02-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon Macro EF 180mm 1:3.5 L
Exposure: f/11, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-02-16 23:37
Viewed: 2888
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken today in between rain storms. Weather has been rather wet the last few days. A monopod was used and the photo was cropped. The conditions were short term sun.

Common Crow
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Euploea
Species: E. core
Binomial name
Euploea core
(Cramer, 1780

The Common Crow (Euploea core) is a common butterfly found in South Asia. In India it is also sometimes referred to as the Common Indian Crow, and in Australia as the Australian Crow. It belongs to the Crows and Tigers subfamily of the Nymphalidae (Brushfooted butterflies).
The Common Crow is the most common representative of its genus Euploea. Like the Tigers (genus Danaus), the Crows are inedible and thus mimicked by other Indian butterflies (see Batesian mimicry). In addition, the Indian species of the Euploea genus shows another kind of mimicry, Müllerian mimicry. Accordingly, this species has been studied in greater detail than other members of its genus in India.


Chrysalis(Pupa) of a Common Crow Butterfly (Euploea core)
The Common Crow (Euploea core) is a glossy black butterfly with brown underside with white marks along the outer margins of the wing. The wingspan is about 8–9 cm and the body also has prominent white spots.
Upperside dark brown, broadly paler along terminal margins; Fore and hind wing with subterminal and terminal series of white spots; on fore wing the former more or less oval, curved inwards opposite apex, the latter series often incomplete, not reaching apex, the spots smaller; often there is a small costal spot, and very rarely a spot in apex of cell and one or more discal spots; on the hind wing the inner series of spots are elongate, the outer conical. Underside similar, but ground-colour more uniform; cell, costal and discal spots on both fore and hind wing nearly always present.[1]
Race godarti (=E. godarti) (Northeast India and Myanmar)

E. godarti
Fore wing subtriangular, tornus more rounded than in E. core. Hindwing broadly ovate. Upperside dark brown, broadly paler along the terminal margins, especially on the fore wing. Fore wing with more or less incomplete and obsolescent series of subterminal and terminal small white spots, and a powdering of violaceous-white scales at apex, varying very considerably in extent from a mere trace of violaceous between the veins to a large and very conspicuous patch occupying the whole of the apex. Hind wing with a subterminal series of oval or inwardly conical and terminal series of more rounded white spots. Underside paler brown, the white spots larger, more clearly defined. Fore wing not violaceous at apex, a spot (sometimes absent) in apex of cell, and two or three discal spots. Hindwing: a spot in apex of cell, also sometimes absent, and a discal series of five small spots beyond. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen very dark brown, and, the antennae excepted, sparsely spotted with white.[1]

It is found in Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar and Australia.

Very Common.

Source: Wikipedia

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Ciao Colin, great macro of wonderful butterfly, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

I like this mint fresh picture of a Common Crow, Colin.
This butterfly is found in India too and I had only one occasion to shoot it way back in 2006.
The open wings of the butterfly offer a wealth of details and subtle shades of colours.


nice colors contrast and very beautiful butterfly !

congratulations Colin for the picture !

ciao, tino

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-02-17 2:25]

Hello Colin
such a splendid image in excellent lighting. The dark and spots are really pleasant to be seen on the green background.
Well detailed shot in nice presentation.


Hello Colin,
Beautiful picture of this butterfly.I like its clarity and POV very much.The way you have represented it,in one word 'splendid'.Nice colour and sharpness too.
Thanks Colin,
Kind regards,

Hi Colin,
another nice and interesting butterfly taken from an excellent point of view. AMazing natural colours. I like your presentation.
Have a nice Sunday,

Hello Colin,
First of all i like the colour and clarity of this picture.
i am like also the dorsal view of this butterfly to show the beauty of this nice creature.
best wishes,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-02-17 6:17]

Black beauty..beautiful species and fine composition. tfs.

Hello Colin,
Beautiful capture with fine details and taken from a nice PoV,lovely natural colours and a very well balanced composition.
Thanks and my regards,

Hello Colin

Beautiful macro of this butterfly, with the lovely
light coming from one side of the image and doing
the beautiful shadow/light effect, fine POV, DOF,
excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


Hello Colin
Interesting species and beautiful photo with very good composition, wonderful colors and good sharpness.

Ciao Colin. Wonderful light and colours for the beauty! Excllent details good contrast. TFS.


hello colin
super good sharpness and great details
i like this composition and the beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-02-17 14:19]

Hi Colin,it's nice to see some butterflies on this website,in winter is possible to see only a lot of birds..ehehe..a great gift to the fans like me and a magnificent specie,excellent point of view,exposure and details,i like it!Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hi Colin,
outstanding shades of colours and rich details in the dark parts of wings, normally hard to achieve.
Perfect point of view to achieve a well shaped three dimensional impression of the butterfly.
Very nice capture, indeed.
With thanks, and best regards,

Hi Colin,
Probably a common species in Australasia but wonderful to me, mostly on your great photo. Nice PoV, great sharpness, wonderful lights, colors, DoF - not to mention the pleasing composition. Top class photo. Bravo. At the same time please come back to TN, if you have enough time and motivation.
Best regards, László

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