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Pioneer


Pioneer
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Copyright: Kiran K V (sunkirana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 29 N: 199] (1143)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Alpha 100, Sigma 105 Macro EX
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-12 4:50
Viewed: 2639
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was a Pioneer butterfly in Omkar hills, outskirts of Bangalore. I have not cropped too much as I feel the leaves add to the composition.

A medium sized black, yellow and white butterfly with a wingspan of 40-50 mm. A very variable insect with many intergrades between the wet and dry season forms. The sexes look similar in flight. Upper side forewing: The ground color is white to creamy white, and in the females, there is a uniform dusting of black scales. The black termenal bands are wider in the female. Both sexes have a black band that partly surrounds the forewing cell dorsally, but it is always wider and more pronounced in the female.
Under side forewing: The ground color of the male varies little, being yellow in any season. In the female, it is often a rich chrome yellow, sometimes almost orange in individuals from the wet season. The black termenal band is wide. The prominent black lines on the veins connect with each other to form a reticulate pattern. The size and number of yellow spots in the termenal band are very variable.

Status, distribution and habitat
It is a common butterfly of the arid, dry and intermediate zones of the island and is found all year round but is most abundant during the north-east monsoon. It loves scrub jungle and open spaces with lots of bright sunshine.

Habits
It flies fast and low to the ground, except in mass migration, when ribbons of thousands of them may be seen sailing across the sky, anywhere from 5 to 20 feet above ground. They frequently settle on wayside wild flowers, and in migration, they may settle by the hundreds on Lantana or Tridax flowers - a feast for one's eyes. Unfortunately, during migration, they also die by the hundreds along the roads, hit by passing traffic.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-07-15 1:02]

Hi Kiran.
You have pictured a very nice scene: pictorial scenery and beautiful butterfly. The sharp image of leaves and insect on it and blurred wonderful BG harmonize very well. I also like impressive light and shadows, alive colours and POV. My compliments and TFS.
Alexei.

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