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Yellow Coster III

Yellow Coster III
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-P200
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): ButterFlysOfIndia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-22 5:16
Viewed: 3546
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Acraea issoria (Hübner, 1819)

Friends, when I posted the first picture of this butterfly some months ago, Peter (Batu) identified it as Yellow Coster.
A bit of research on the net shows that this butterfly found mostly in India and South East Asia is considered to be uncommon.

According to Wikipedia, Yellow Coster belongs to the Acraeinae group under the main family Nymphalidae.
The Nymphalidae is a family of about 5,000 species of butterflies.
These are typically fairly large butterflies, such as the emperor, admirals, tortoiseshells and fritillaries, which have very colourful wings. However, the underwings are dull and often look like dead leaves, or are much paler, which produces a cryptic effect that helps the butterfly disappear in its surroundings.

Here is an abstract from a website in Hong Kong. The text has been slightly edited, mainly on account of linguistic errors.

A New Butterfly Species in Hong Kong - Acraeidae, Acraea issoria

'On 17 August 2002, during butterfly survey at Plover Cove Country Park, an orange butterfly flew slowly across Hui Wing Leung, AFCD country park warden. Experience told him that this species is not common, which initiated him to take several photos on it. Meanwhile, that species was proven to be Acraea issoria, a new record in Hong Kong, which is also the first record in Acraeidae family.
They are medium-sized butterflies having narrow and elongated forewings and the forelegs are much reduced. Most species are brightly decorated with red, orange and yellow. Also, they fly weakly and not far from the ground. Larvae of Acraeidae have six or more rows of branched spines, their pupae are colourful.'


Thanks for looking and regards to all.

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Hi dear Ram ,
nice image as always.
well composed with lovely colours.
very well done.
thanks for sharing my friend

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-22 6:08]

Hi Ram.
Next your amazing butterfly at so beautiful surroundings. Colours and details of the image are simply wonderful. You managed to create an impressive 3D-effect Lights, shadows, deep BG are looked very nice. Bravo and my best regards. Superb work.

Hello Ram
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Perfeect composition and lighting,
Informative note, Welldone.


Hi Ram,
Nice shot of this Yellow Coster in its natural settings. Great composition with color richness. Well done and TFS.

Hello Ram,

excllent colors BG POV DOF Perfect work, excllent composed and captured photo excllent work

TFS kyle

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-22 9:56]

Hi Ram

Lovely composition - I like the balance of the flowers above and below the butterfly. The yellow contrasts well with the vibrant green.



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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-04-22 10:36]

Hello Sir,
A very colourful butterfly. Good composition and good colours.
TFS, Smitha.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-22 10:42]

Hi Ram,

You have such beauty in your country! This butterly is stunning. The comp is wonderful with the beautiful flowers. Lovely colors and details.


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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-22 12:17]

hi ram; nice capture of this beautiful butterfly with nice colours and BG. good POV and composition at right time especially on wings TFS
well done regards

Hi Ram superb colours very nice detail and pleasing composition tfs well done rgds Necip.

Hi RAm
good and rare butterfly in your pocket? Nice colors and good composition.I appreciate your research on the subject.

Charmant papillon dont les ailes veloutées ont de belles couleurs.
Bonne journée.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-04-23 2:47]

Sir Nice shot and excellent position of this beautiful butterfly.
Rgds Ganesh

Hi Ram,
This is one species that i long to shoot and have it in my collection, hopefully ill be able to do it when i vist you and Ganesh in Delhi :-)
The picture is good in terms of composition, but i feel the original picture was soft and PP has been done to correct it ( correct me if was wrong ) which has resulted in some kind of noisy effect
Otherwise a good picture

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-04-23 9:03]

Wonderful capture of this beautiful Acraea! I like a lot this butterfly, it looks so exotic to me.
Excellent sharpness and colors and really beautiful composition.
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing, Ram.
Best wishes

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-23 12:08]

Hello Ram,
Very fine capture of this lovely butterfly. I like the plain wings with the "pearl" borders. I expect it is a bit old and worn and therefore not so sharp. Looks very good against the contrasting background.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

bonjour ram
un tout petit peu de flou me semble t'il mais une bonne et belle composition.
les couleurs sont belles.

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