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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-28 11:21
Viewed: 3383
Points: 88
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I returned today from a week-long lay-off. Could not resist the temptation to post one after such a long time, hence foraged my archives and came out with this one. Hope you all will like it. My sudden trip was not photographically exciting but I got a few snowscapes from the lower Himalayas. Will post a few of them after some PP. Till then hope you will like this tiny beauty.

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

A small Lycaenid with a wingspan of 25-30 mm. The sexes are very similar. The underside of the wings are white with black spots and streaks. The base of the upper side of both wings is a beautiful shiny pale blue, being more extensive in the male. The submarginal bands above are much wider in the female than in the male. However, there is great seasonal variation in the size and intensity of these black markings: the wet season forms have larger and darker markings than those from the dry season.

It flies relatively fast and low to the ground, and the males frequently settle on roads and gravel patches. It can then be easily identified by its underside markings. It is a nectar lover and comes readily to a wide range of plants with small flowers, and once settled moves about a great deal in a slow deliberate manner. It is not a frequent visitor to bird droppings like the Angled Pierrot.

It loves full sun and prefers open spaces and scrub jungle, but is just as common in cultivated areas along hedges and fences, and home gardens with overgrown scrub with interspersed trees. Its distribution extends to Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar; Tenasserim, extending into the Malayan Subregion. In the Indonesian archipelago the butterfly occurs in NE Sumatra, East Java, Bali, Bangka, Timor, Wetar, Kissar, Sumbawa and Sulawesi. In India the butterfly is found in peninsular India south of the outer ranges of the Himalayas, except in desert tracts; East India; the North West Himalayas; Assam. The butterfly is also found in the Andaman Islands and South Nicobar Islands.

Scientific classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Castalius
Species: C. rosimon

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Hello Sumon
Excellent shot of this pierrot,
Perfect details,composition and strange colors,Welldone.


The dependable Sumon. Lovely colours and just a totally framed full of colours and details...perfectly framed...You are the man Sumon!

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-01-28 12:00]

Hello Sumon,

Very nice picture of this butterfly. Very good composition. Good sharpness. Beautiful light and colours.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-28 12:04]

Hi Sumon. So nice to see a colourful shot of this beautiful butterfly. which you have captured with fine detail and natural colours. a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

Hi Sumon,
Outstanding capture!
I like a lot the energy of the image, the vivid colours, high contrast, saturation, proper focus and composition.
Will look forward for your Himalaya's snowscapes.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

Hello Sumon,
I like very much this picture, colours are splendid, excellent focus and great sharpness, lovely natural lighting and very nice composition,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-01-28 13:02]

Hello Sumon,
the colour patterns, the scaly structure and the wing margins of the small butterfly are nicely shown here.
Even some slight green iridescence can be noticed on the wing uppersides at the upper margin.
A very sharp and well-focused picture.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Sumon,
Nice to see your posting once again, and have a good rest too!
thank you for sharing this true beauty with us in superb sharpness, awesome colouration and details in the shot
best regards
friend Tony

Hi Sumon,
Una belleza ese acercamiento logrado a esa mariposa, me gusta la textura de la flor y el insecto y la luz que refleja.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-28 14:37]

Hi Sumon,welcome back and thanks a lot for this great pic of this wonderfull butterfly,thanks for share,Luciano

Wow... what a great butterfly capture! It is absolutely stunning and perfect in every way.

Hi Sumon,
very nice POV and bright colors. excellent details.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-28 16:21]

Hello Sumon,
fantastic capture, colors are amazing, great work!
beautiful details and light!
best regards,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-28 19:46]

Hello Sumon, this is a fantastic macro of a butterfly. You show us its beauty in wonderful light and bright colours. We see the details of its "fur" on the wings, it is so beautiful. To me butterflies are the most beautiful insects and you really capture it. Thank you!


Hello Sumon,
A brilliant picture of Common Pierrot. Lovely light reflection from the yellow flower.Very nice composition. TFS.

Hi Sumon,
Beautiful butterfly depicted with sharp details. Nice light and colours. TFS.
- Nirmal

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-01-28 23:09]

Hello Sumon,
Came home late tonight, so I'm just marking today
Congratulations for this fine capture my friend


Hello Sumon,
A beautiful insect and the capture is skilfully done!
The butterfly stands out well with a 3-D impression, and the colours are a pure pleasure...
Effective tight framing and an attractive composition!
Pablo -

Remarquable texture des ailes pour une belle netteté.
Bonne journée.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-29 1:22]

Hi Sumon,
Very nice capture of this common pierrot with very good colors, contrast, focus, sharpness POV and composition. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-29 2:20]

Welcome back Sumon :)
This is a wonderful little photo!
The yellow flower is so bright that is shining a golden light onto the butterfly!
Excellent clarity and sharpness.
Superb composition.
Well done and I hope to see some shots from your 400D :)

Gran enfoque, encuadre y sobre todo una
excelente luz. Como siempre, una maravilla.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

Hi Sumon,
Beautiful b-fly. Sharp details and well composed. I also like the POV/comp..It's a bit bright IMHO.
Well done,

Hi Sumon,
How can you keep such nice pictures in your archives? This is a great composition with lovely colors, excellent details and exposure. I like this pose you captured; it looks like a tinny acrobat :)! Well seen and well done! Cheers!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-29 7:45]

Hello Sumon,
This is a nice one from your archives, a fine close macro of a Common Pierot, the shiny underside of the wings reflecting a little of the orange from the tagetes flowwers. Excellent details and fine POV and composition.
Thanks for sharing this little beauty,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-29 8:17]

Hi Sumon,

And she IS a beauty as she dives into the bright yellow flower. Wonderful colors, details, and textures. The position on the flower is spectacular.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-29 8:33]

Hi Sumon

Superb pose and colours - as usual. Great framing too.


Hello Sumon wonderfull details and nice contrasting light. Good pov and composition is perfect. tfs rgds Necip.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-29 9:16]

Hi Sumon.
What a terrific reproduction of vibrant colours and all details of the charming butterfly and amazing flower. Light is so impressive as well as the light shadows of the wings. I also like fine BG and perfect POV. Composition is brilliant too. Bravo and best regards.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-29 10:04]

Hello Sumon

I like the diagonal composition,you have placed this beautiful buterfly and flower well in the frame.
The lighting is well done and the colours appear natural and vivid.
Excellent POV and DOF.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-29 10:29]

Hello Sumon,
Wonderful photo with high class perfection. Nothing else to say.

HI Mana,
WoW! Amqazing as usaul, quelle belle harmonie des couleurs, quelle belle composition et la netteté est parfaite.

Hi Sumon,
This is a day brightener! Wow, the flower color is fantastic and the butterfly wonderfully sharp and well seen in this lovely POV. Super composion as always and a treat for the eyes.
Well done my freind. TFS

Hello Sumon!
Very beautiful picture with warm, perfectly saturated colours. I like a lot a pose of this butterfly too. Interesting is the colouration of this species, also its ends of wings looks very nice.
I hope to see some other pictures from your trip soon :)
Best greetings from Poland,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-30 5:07]

Hola amigo,
preciosa macro,
colores y detalles,
excelente pov,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-30 7:18]

Hello Sumon, wonderful shot ! The butterfly is very sharp and the composition is fine great colors and background, well done, thanks.


Hi Sumon
Belle présentation ,les couleurs et la nettetée sont très bonnes belle composition
J'apprécie les beaux papillons
Au revoir et a la prochaine....JP

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-31 1:27]

Hello Sumon,
Beautiful capture of this lovely little butterfly in a fine pose. Excellent focus, great sharpness and natural colours. Nice colours in the background too. Well done!
TYFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Sumon, elegant butterfly with splendid colors, good details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-01 21:45]

Hello Sumon,
A strikingly beautiful image with outstanding details and colors. Great work my friend.

Hi Sumon,
wow! beautiful macro shot, the colors are so vivid, excellent details. TFS

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-02-03 23:06]

absolutely great shot! excellent colors, focus! tfs

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-02-04 7:51]

WOW! A fantastic shot of this beautiful species!!
Magnificent sharpness, exposure, contrast and colors. Very good POV and DOF and beautiful framing and composition. I really love it.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-15 0:30]

Hi Sumon,
a lovely pierrot. Beautiful colours and the hues of the yellow flower gives a good effect to the butterfly.
Well composed in its natural environment, clear and sharp.


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