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Common Pierrot Mating

Common Pierrot Mating
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix E5600
Exposure: f/5.9, 1/37 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Passion Unlimited [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-19 4:27
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Points: 26
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Castalius
Species: C. rosimon

The Common Pierrot (Castalius rosimon) is a small butterfly found in India that belongs to the Lycaenids or Blues family.



Upperside: white. Fore wing : costa, apex and termen edged with black, the edging much broader on apex and termen; base outwards for a short distance more or less densely overlaid. with metallic blue scales which cover and make indistinct a large basal outwardly clavate black spot; a transverse black oval spot on the discocellulars touching the black edging on the costa ; an oblique irregular line of four quadrate black spots beyond, the upper spot coalesced with the black on the costal border, the next spot below shifted outwards out of line, touching, as does also the lowestspot, the terminal black edging; posterior to this is a quadrate black spot in the apical half of interspace 2, and placed obliquely outwards from ib coalescent with the terminal black border, another similar spot in interspace 1. Hind wing: three basal black somewhat coalescent spots overlaid with metallic blue scaling; the costal margin above the subcostal vein and vein 7 black; this colour filling also the base of interspace 6, where in some specimens it is divided into a basal portion with a spot beyond; a postdiscal curved transverse black band followed by a subterminal transverse series of black spots, each spot edged inwardly and outwardly by very slender lunules of the white ground-colour; on the inner side of the postdiscal band posteriorly is a broken line of four black generally coalescent spots two and two, the two upper often touching the postdiscal band. Underside: white. Fore wing: a long oblique black band from base outwards to the costa; below it and obliquely placed an irregular black somewhat conical mark; following these are two outwardly oblique, medially interrupted, black macular bands; the inner of the two extended from costa along the discocellulars, is then widely interrupted below its posterior portion that is formed of two elongate coalescent spots and touches the inner subterminal transverse line of elongate spots just above the tornus; the outer, obliquely placed line is subapical and medially broken, the middle portion consisting of a quadrate spot is shifted outwards; finally, two parallel sub-terminal transverse series of black elongate spots, the inner series of broad, more or less rectangular spots, the outer series of more linear spots, the latter coalescent anteriorly with a slender anti-ciliary black line.
Hind wing: a transverse basal black band, with an elongate black spot below it on the dorsum; a transverse subbasal line of four well-separated black spots; a transverse, oval, discocellular black spot and obliquely above it three subcostal similar spots, the inner two coalescent; postdiscal and terminal markings consist, the former of four black posterior spots two and two, each pair coalescent and placed en echelon, the latter of a transverse double series of subterminal black spots and an anticiliary black line; the upper portion of the postdiscal markings touches the inner subterminal line. Cilia of both fore and hind wings white alternated with black at the apices of the veins ; filamentous short tail to the hind wing black tipped with white.

Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen black, the shafts of the antennae ringed with white, the head between the eyes and behind them white; beneath : the palpi, thorax and abdomen white, the last barred broadly with white on the sides.


Similar to the male but with the black markings on the upper and under sides broader.


Peninsular India south of the outer ranges of the Himalayas, except in desert tracts; Ceylon; Assam ; Burma; Tenasserim; the Andamans; Nicobars; extending into the Malayan Subregion.


"Feeds on Zizyphus jujuba and is of a rough texture as if shagreened all over. It is of the usual woodlouse form, much flattened towards the anal segment which is very broad; head concealed; colour bright green with a double, dorsal, yellow line and the sides powdered with small yellow spots." (Davidson, Bell and Aitken.)


"Of the usual Castalius form but narrow and slightly flattened. It is intensely glossy as if covered with gum. It varies in colour, being sometimes black, at others green with inconstant black markings."

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Hi Haraprasan,
beautiful capture,ur note is also informative,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-19 6:36]
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Haraprasan, Now you are running behind to see mating birds/insects. This is nice shot. I have been chasing and not lucky so far. TFS Ganesh

Great shot - you show the differences in male and female coloring so well here. Wonderful composition.

selam haraprasan; wow excellent shot of this b.flies at right moment,good details presented ,nice BG and POV well captured with splendid colours TFS

Hi Haraprasan.
What a great shot to get at this very moment, well done. You sure can see the difference between the male and female with your composition, colour and detail. Excellent.

New Zealand

Nice shot Nayak.
It looks as though their wings must have been quivering a little ... and no wonder, but the focus is nice and clear where it counts.
Great colour and composition.
Cheers, Steve

Hello Haraprasan
What a great shot of this Common Pierrot Mating, Perfect details,composition and BG,
Fantastic lighting and POV,Superb sot.

Good Luck

Very good image of these cute butterflies mating, HP.
The colours on males and females are so distinctly different.
Nice POV, focus, sharpness and colours.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-19 17:40]
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Hi Haraprasan,

You caught a special moment with a very nice shot. Your notes were very good and informative. Wonderful colors and details - so nice to see the male and female in one frame.


Hello Haraprasan,
Great close up, natural colors
very sharp focus, well composed
Nice note very instructive, TFS.
best regards/Lawhill

hi haraprasan,
nice moment captured, i like these small butteflies very much, these insects are really beautiful among the tiny butterflies, well composed shot with nice pov,
tfs & regards

Hi Haraprasan

Great POV and composition here, with good DOF and colour.


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-06-20 9:08]
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What a marvellous capture, Haraprasan! I love these butterflies and I had never seen them mating. The details are fantastic as well as the color and composition.
Thank you very much for sharing!

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